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Secunderabad Hotel Tragedy: This is not the first incident of fire in an electric scooter showroom

At least eight people were killed and several others were injured when a fire broke out at a hotel in Telangana’s Secunderabad on Monday (September 12). According to the agency report, the fire started in an electric scooter recharging unit on the ground floor of a building, which later spread to the first and second floors. The electric scooter showroom which allegedly caught fire is of Ruby Motors. It is not yet clear what caused the showroom fire, but initial reports suggest that it could be a short circuit or the battery module when the fire broke out.

This is not the first time that an electric vehicle showroom in India has caught fire. A few months ago, a fire broke out at the Experience Center of Ather Energy, an electric scooter maker in Chennai. Giving information about the incident through Twitter itself, the company said that there has been a minor incident of fire in its premises in Chennai. “While some property and scooters were affected, thankfully all the employees are safe and things are under control. The experience center will be operational soon,” the EV company said.

Several top EV players are facing government scrutiny over incidents of battery explosions and fires across the country, after which an entire showroom was gutted in a fire incident for the first time. EV makers like Ola Electric, Pure EV, Jitendra EV Tech and Okinawa have been involved in EV fire incidents in the past. Meanwhile, a government panel probing incidents of EV fires is set to submit its report next week.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), tasked with investigating incidents of EV fire by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has found serious defects in the battery including the design of the battery pack and module.

These defects occur because electric two-wheeler manufacturers such as Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors may have used “low-grade materials to reduce costs”.

With input from agencies

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