Telangana: Electric scooter battery explodes, kills 80-year-old, injures two in Nizamabad
An 80-year-old man was killed and two others injured when the battery of an electric scooter parked inside a house exploded in Telangana's Nizamabad district.
EV Battery Explodes: An 80-year-old man was killed and two others injured when the battery of an electric scooter parked inside a house exploded in Telangana's Nizamabad district.
The incident happened on Wednesday night when the battery was being charged. A person named Ramaswamy died of burns. His son Prakash, wife Kamalamma and daughter-in-law Krishnaveni suffered injuries while trying to save him.
Prakash was reportedly using the EV scooter for a year. The police have registered a case of death due to negligence against the manufacturer Pure EV.
Pure EV issued a statement saying, "We deeply regret this incident and extend our condolences to the family of the victims." Pure EV said it does not have any record of sale of this vehicle or service by the user in its database and is investigating whether the vehicle was purchased through second hand sale.
At a time when the government is actively promoting this idea, but there have been several incidents of fire. There is a growing concern about EV vehicles.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today said an expert committee will look into the accidents involving electric vehicles and also talk about other measures, including heavy fines, which will send a strong message.
He said, “In the last two months many accidents related to electric two wheelers have come to the fore. It is most unfortunate that some people lost their lives and many got injured in these incidents.
"We have constituted an expert committee to look into these incidents and make recommendations on corrective steps," the Union minister said in a series of tweets.
Earlier this month, a video of an Ola e-scooter engulfed in flames went viral online, prompting a government probe. A scooter of startup Pure EV also caught fire and a burning Okinawa Autotech Private bike claimed two lives. The companies say they are investigating the incidents.
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