Ola, Okinawa Catching Fire: Govt Starts Investigation To Find Reason
The Centre has made a decision on 28th March to deploy a team of independent experts to search into two incidents of electric two-wheelers catching fire, CNBC-TV18 reported, quoting government sources. An Ola electric scooter and an Okinawa electric bike caught fire recently. The event has left many customers concerned.
Centre appointed experts to investigate the cases
The government sources said that the Centre has noted the incidents involving fires in electric vehicles; will investigate the incidents. The centre has appointed independent experts to investigate cases of EVs catching fire.
The experts are going to Vellore and Pune to investigate if the structural or external factors caused the fire in the Ola electric scooter and the Okinawa electric bike.
Both vehicles were tested and received type approvals
A notable fact is that both two-wheelers were tested and received type approvals before they were launched. The investigators will attempt to figure out if there is a manufacturing defect that affected the operation.
As per a report, lithium-ion batteries (used in the Ola scooters), if used in electric vehicles or electronic devices, can catch fire if they have been manufactured improperly or damaged, or if the software that operates the battery is not designed properly.
Ola’s response to the case
Last week, Ola Electric said that it has also started an investigation to figure out what is causing the electric scooters to catch fire.
Ola started an inquiry after a Twitter user from Pune posted a video of his Ola scooter bursting into flames.
The company has responded to the situation in a statement: “We are aware of an incident in Pune that happened with one of our scooters and are investigating to understand the root cause and will share more updates in the next few days.” The customer is absolutely safe, the company assured.
Read our previous article to know more about the Vellore EV fire case-https://trak.in/tags/business/2022/03/29/this-is-horrific-father-daughter-die-as-electric-scooter-explodes-while-charging/