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Tata Nexon EV fire incident in Mumbai, Tata responds, govt begins enquiry

Highlights

  • A Tata Nexon EV has caught fire in Mumbai
  • The fire reportedly started from the battery pack of the car
  • Tata has responded to the incident

A Tata Nexon EV caught fire at Vasai West, Mumbai on June 22nd, 2022. The videos of the incident that are now being circulated on social media platforms show that the first may have started from the underside of the car, where the battery pack is located. To recall, a Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Bengaluru in 2021. The fire was reportedly caused by an electrical short circuit in the car’s battery.

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The automatic sector in India has witnessed a significant boost in India after the arrival of electric vehicles. However, since there have been several incidences of EV fires across different parts of the country. Some of the cases have resulted in death and severe injuries to people. Hence, the government has set up an expert committee to address the issue.

Tata Nexon EV fire incident in Mumbai

According to a report by Livemint, the owner of the white Tata Nexon EV car saw warning messages on the dashboard after driving for around 5 km towards his house. On seeing the warnings, the car owner contacted Tata Motors’ service centre. He was instructed by the service centre to get out of the car immediately for his safety.

As can be seen in the circulated videos, a fire brigade had to be summoned to douse the flame. The fire seems to have started due to micro-explosions caused by individual battery cells present in the battery pack of the car. The local police had also arrived at the spot to control the traffic. It seems that no one was harmed in the incident.

Tata Motors response

Tata Motors has responded to the incident. Here is its official statement, “A detailed investigation is currently being conducted to ascertain the facts of the recent isolated thermal incident that is doing the rounds on social media. We will share a detailed response after our complete investigation. We remain committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users. This is a first incident after more than 30,000 EVs have cumulatively covered over 1 million km across the country in nearly 4 years.”

Government to investigate the issue

Meanwhile, the government will carry out an independent enquiry into the incident. According to a government official, “The Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam have been asked to probe the circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest remedial measures.”

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