Why electric vehicles are catching fire and what you can do

Over the recent past, a series of instances of electric vehicles (EV), specifically electric two-wheelers catching fire in various parts of the country has left consumers and stakeholders worried. In the latest incident which happened in Telangana...

Why electric vehicles are catching fire and what you can do

 

 

 

 

 

OVER the recent past, a series of instances of electric vehicles (EV), specifically electric two-wheelers, catching fire in various parts of the country has left consumers and stakeholders worried.

In the latest incident which happened in Telangana on the night of Tuesday, April 19, a man lost his life after the detachable battery of the electric scooter, which was kept for charging, exploded in his house. So far, three Pure EV, one Ola, two Okinawa and 20 Jitendra EV scooters have caught fire. So what is causing this spate of incidents?

While it’s easy to attribute the EV fires to rising temperatures, experts suggest looking at how a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is packed and designed. EVs are powered by Li-ion batteries, which are generally considered to be lightweight and efficient. However, they also pose a fire risk.