Ola S1 Pro, an electric scooter, caught fire in Lohegaon, Pune; the video went viral on the internet. The Ola themselves has launched an investigation to find the reason for the fire. However, now the government has also launched an investigation to find the root cause of the fire.
The investigation has been ordered by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Secretary Giridhar Aramane. “Government has ordered a probe in the Ola Electric Scooter fire incident. Independent experts in science and technology space identify the incident and submit the report”, he said.
The report also says the government is very serious about the safety of the vehicles, and they want to know the actual cause of the fire.
“We are aware of the incident in Pune that happened with one of our scooters and are investigating to understand the root cause. We will share more updates soon. We’re in constant touch with the customers because their and vehicle safety is our paramount importance at Ola, and we are committed to the highest quality standards in our products. We take this incident very seriously and will take appropriate action on this”, Ola Scooter responded.
The matter got very serious for the government because recently, in October, an Okinawa scooter caught fire and caused the tragic death of a 60-year-old man. Last year, two electric scooters caught fire.
Not only this, even big manufacturers like Hyundai have faced issues of EV fires. There were 13 incidents of Kona Electric shooting up in flames. The company recalled 82,000 Kona to fix the issues, and General Motors also recalled 73,000 Bolt EVs.