Tata Nexon EV fire: Electric vehicles will catch fire, says Ola founder Bhavish Agarwal

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Tata Nexon EV catches fire in Mumbai

Highlight

  • This is the first case of electric car catching fire in India.
  • Tata Nexon EV, the best selling electric car, is considered the safest electric compact SUV
  • Tata Motors said a detailed investigation would be conducted to ascertain the facts behind the incident.

Tata Nexon EV Fire News: Amidst Ola’s overwhelming response to the rising incidents of fires in electric scooters, its founder and CEO Bhavish Agarwal has said that EV fires are a global phenomenon and will happen. Agarwal’s tweet comes soon after the Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Mumbai.

“EVs will catch fire. Happens in all global products too. Fires in EVs are much less common than ICE (internal combustion engine) fires,” he said.

Earlier today, a fire broke out in a Tata Nexon EV in Mumbai’s Vasai West area. The video of the Tata Nexon coming under fire went viral on social media within no time.

According to the owner of the car, he had charged his Nexon EV with the usual slow charger installed in his office. After driving about 5 km towards his home, he heard some strange sounds from the car and saw flashes of warnings on the dashboard, which alerted him to stop the vehicle and get out of the car.

This is the first case of electric car catching fire in the country. The company said in a statement that “a detailed investigation is currently being conducted to ascertain the facts of this isolated incident.”

The Tata Nexon EV is considered to be the safest electric compact SUV. It was first launched in January 2020. It is also the best selling electric car in India. According to the company’s claim, at least 2,500-3,000 cars are sold every month in the country. The company has so far delivered 30,000 Nexon EVs.

In the last few months, several electric two-wheelers have caught fire due to bursting of batteries. This prompted the government to set up a panel to probe the incidents. The government has already warned companies that they will be fined heavily for negligence.

Read more: Nexon EV fire: Tata Motors says detailed investigation underway

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