The government is about to order a probe into the reasons behind an electric four-wheeler that caught fire in a Mumbai suburb on Wednesday.
Sources told Business Today TV that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways MoRTH has taken note of the incident and is likely to ask the Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety CFEES to investigate the incident. This agency, part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO, had earlier been tasked with probing the fires that had broken out in various electric scooters. A report on the incidents has already been submitted to the ministry.
MoRTH officials have already had meetings with representatives of Ola Electric, OKinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles and Boom Motors about the findings and sought corrective measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
Tata Motors has started its own investigation into the incident. A detailed investigation is currently being conducted to determine the facts of the recent isolated thermal incident that is doing rounds on social media, according to a statement issued earlier today. After our investigation, we will share a detailed response. We remain committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users. This is the first incident after more than 30,000 electric vehicles have covered over 100 million kilometres in the country in the last four years. Tata Motors launched the Nexon EV Max in India, which has a larger battery pack, with more power and torque and claims to deliver a range of 437 km on a single charge.