A recent video of an electric scooter burning in a garage has surfaced on social media, sparking a debate on the need to introduce more stringent regulations for batteries in electric vehicles. This time the scooter is from Okinawa, one of India’s leading electric two wheeler companies. The first of three videos shows CCTV footage of a scooter parked in a garage and an explosion at night. The subsequent two videos are from the morning which show the completely burnt vehicle.
Okinawa’s founder and managing director Jitendra Sharma said the company will reach out to the customer and investigate the incident to see what went wrong. Jitendra Sharma told ETAuto, “We have come to know about this matter recently and we are trying to find out what went wrong and what could have been done to avoid such an incident. We believe that user awareness is essential in the case of electric vehicles, so that lack of user information or incorrect ‘code of conduct’ results in trust and does not completely give up on the idea of switching to electric vehicles, which is a real problem. The need of the hour is environmental.
Third incident of fire in electric scooter in last 10 days
This is the third incident of fire in an electric scooter in India in the last 10 days. A video of two Pure EV scooters catching fire had surfaced last week. Unlike in the case of Okinawa, the scooters were on the road.
Jitendra Sharma emphasized that electric vehicles are less prone to fire as compared to vehicles with conventional internal combustion engines. Nevertheless, the company has come up with guidelines to prevent any accident. These include using only the specified charger for recharging, keeping the battery at room temperature (Okinawa has swappable batteries) and not charging the battery within an hour after use.
Sharma said, “Electric vehicles are less prone to fire as compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, but due to the implementation of Lithium-ion battery system, the timing and speed of fire can make extinguishing fires in electric vehicles very difficult. We take the safety of our people – both employees and customers – as our priority. As a responsible organization, we have put in place appropriate strategies to inform and make our customers aware of the potential hazards that may be experienced in case of any negligence. Taking proper care of the battery of your electric scooter.
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