Tata Nexon EV fire: Center orders separate probe

Tata Motors has already ordered a “detailed investigation” into the incident of a Nexon EV which caught fire in Mumbai on Tuesday. Video of the incident, which was shared on social media platforms, has gone viral.

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24 June 2022, 08:20

A Tata Nexon EV was damaged in a fire in the Vasai area of ​​Mumbai on Tuesday. (Image courtesy: Twitter/@KamalJoshi108)

An electric vehicle fire in Mumbai on Tuesday prompted the Center to take action. He ordered an independent investigation into the incident in which a Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Mumbai on Tuesday. The government’s decision to investigate came hours after Tata Motors announced it would carry out a “detailed investigation” into the incident on Thursday. A video of the Nexon EV fire incident, which was shared on social media, has gone viral, prompting various stakeholders to take action. No one was injured during the accident.

According to an official from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Center has integrated the Center for Explosives and Environmental Safety (CFEES), the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory ( NSTL) in Visakhapatnam to conduct the investigation. These agencies will try to determine the reason and circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest solutions to avoid such occurrences in the future.

Earlier on Thursday, Tata Motors released a statement saying it had ordered a full internal investigation into the Nexon EV fire incident. The automaker said: “A detailed investigation is currently underway to determine the facts of the recent isolated thermal incident that has been making the rounds on social media. We will share a detailed response after our full investigation. We remain committed to the safety of our vehicles. and their users.

Tata Motors is currently leading the electric vehicle race in India with over 80% market share in the four-wheel passenger vehicle segment. In its statement, Tata Motors recalled that the Nexon EV fire is the first in nearly four years. The statement read: “This is the first incident after more than 30,000 electric vehicles have traveled more than 100 million km across the country in almost 4 years.”

Electric vehicle fires in recent times have raised questions about the safety parameters of lithium-ion batteries in India. Previously, the electric two-wheeler segment has seen several incidents involving scooters from Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech, and PureEV, among others. A few have been forced to recall their scooters after at least six people were killed in such incidents. The Center is conducting a separate investigation into two-wheeled electric vehicle fires. The panel is expected to submit its report this month.

Date of first publication: June 24, 2022, 08:20 IST

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