A senior official of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday that the government has ordered an independent inquiry into the fire that broke out in a Nexon electric vehicle in Mumbai.
“We have ordered an independent inquiry to probe the Nexon EV fire incident,” the official said. Center for Fire Explosive and Environmental Safety (CFEES), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam have been asked to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest remedial measures . added.
Tata Motors said it is also investigating the fire incident in its Nexon EV in Mumbai.
Responding to the widely shared incident on social media, Tata Motors in a statement on Thursday said, “A detailed investigation is being conducted to ascertain the facts of the isolated thermal incident recently that has been reported on social media. The media is doing rounds.” Furthermore, it said, “We will share a detailed response after our thorough investigation. We are committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users.”
“This is the first event after more than 30,000 EVs have covered over 100 million km across the country in almost 4 years,” the company stressed. There have been several incidents of vehicle fire in the electric two-wheeler segment in the recent past. Electric two-wheeler manufacturers such as Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and PureEV had recalled their scooters in the wake of separate fire incidents.
The fire incidents had prompted the government to set up a panel to probe and warn companies of penalties for negligence.
According to a road ministry official, the government-appointed panel is expected to submit its report on incidents of fire in electric two-wheelers this month.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently said that negligent companies will be punished and all defective vehicles will be ordered to be recalled after the expert panel submits its report.
The government had earlier ordered a probe in April after an e-scooter launched by ride-hailing operator Ola’s electric mobility arm caught fire in Pune.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport, the Center for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) was asked to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest remedial measures.