After the electric scooter, the first instance of a fire in a vehicle of this segment has emerged. The incident occurred late Wednesday evening in Mumbai’s Vasai West neighborhood. Tata’s Nexon EV was completely destroyed by a fire that broke out here. In India, this is the first instance of a Tata electric car catching fire. Tata and the government are both investigating the matter.
According to reports, the car owner charged his vehicle at the office. When he exited with it, a strange sound began to emanate and the instrument cluster began to display warnings. Upon observing this, he parked on the side of the road. Eventually, it caught fire.
Tata stated, regarding the investigation’s subject matter, “We are investigating this incident, and any new information will be shared with everyone.” We prioritize the safety of our vehicles and their occupants. In approximately four years, more than 30,000 EVs have traveled more than 100 million kilometers across the country; this is the first incident of its kind.
Government should conduct an impartial investigation into the matter. The
A senior official of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said Thursday that the government has ordered an independent investigation into the fire in a Nexon electric vehicle in Mumbai. The Center for Fire, Explosive, and Environment Safety (CFEES), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam have been tasked with determining the incident’s cause and recommending preventative measures.
Incidents involving EV fires will persist
The CEO of Ola Electric, Bhavish Aggarwal, stated, “Fires in electric vehicles will become more prevalent. This also occurs with vehicles manufactured by multinational corporations. Nevertheless, the incidence of fire in electric vehicles is significantly lower than in diesel-petrol vehicles. Let us inform you that earlier there were electric scooter fires involving Ola.
The lithium-ion battery powers the Nexon EV
The Tata Nexon EV is the most popular electric vehicle in India. The electric vehicle is powered by a lithium-ion battery rated at 30,2 kWh. On a full charge, this vehicle has a range of 312 kilometers. Using a DC fast charger, the car can be charged in only 60 minutes. Charges in 8 hours using a standard charger.
Tesla’s automobile has also gained popularity
Considering the number of fires in electric cars around the world, many cases have come to light. In May 2022, a Tesla Model Y that had been powered down caught fire. During the incident, the driver was inside the vehicle and had to break the window to escape. This event occurred in British Columbia. Jameel Jutha was operating the vehicle. He only purchased it eight months ago.
How to maintain your electric vehicle
By taking a few precautions, consumers can avoid fire hazards to a large extent.
- Charge the electric vehicle only with the charger recommended by the electric vehicle maker.
- Do not park your electric vehicle in the sun for a long time.
- Be careful while charging, take expert help to understand the process before charging for the first time.
- Avoid overcharging of electric vehicle.
- Use good sockets and plugs for charging.
- Moisture is dangerous to both the charger and the battery, so protect your electric vehicle from it.