This is the second incident of an electric vehicle catching fire in Telangana in the past 30 days.

E-scooter goes up in flames in HyderabadE-scooter goes up in flames in LB Nagar, Hyderabad
news EV Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 13:16

Another electric vehicle (EV) burst into flames in Telangana, this time in Hyderabad’s LB Nagar on the evening of Wednesday, May 11. No injuries or casualties were reported as a result. The vehicle was from Pure EV, a company which had recently announced its decision to recall 2,000 vehicles after instances of their scooters’ exploding. In one such instance, an 80-year-old man died in Telangana’s Nizamabad, for which police booked Pure EV. 

The explosion at LB Nagar happened around 9 pm on Wednesday. The owner of the e-scooter, Vikram Goud, works as a food delivery worker. He told TNM that he bought the vehicle less than two months ago, and it cost him about Rs 89,000. He was going to a restaurant to pick up an order when the vehicle suddenly stalled. “I tried turning it off and on a couple of times, but that didn’t work. I opened the boot to check if the switch next to the battery had turned off. There was a lot of smoke, and there was a fire within seconds,” Vikram explained.  

In the previous incident in Nizamabad which happened on the night of April 19, an 80-year-old man named Ramaswamy died and two others were injured when the electric scooter exploded in their house. Police said Ramaswamy’s son had been using the electric scooter for about a year. They said the incident happened when the vehicle’s detachable battery, which was being charged inside the house, burst into flames around 4 am. Police registered a case under Section 304A (causing death due to negligence) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) against Pure EV.  

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Apart from Pure EV scooters, instances of Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and Jitendra EV scooters catching fire have also been reported in recent times. In March, a Pure EV scooter had caught fire on the outskirts of North Chennai near Mathur Toll plaza in the Manjampakkam area. 

Also read: 

Rise in EV explosions: Union govt says negligent companies to be penalised

Union Transport Secy says all incidents of EV scooters catching fire to be probed

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