Man dies, wife and children injured after electric scooter battery explodes
eenadu Sunday book The government is running several schemes to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs). But, after one after the other incidents related to electric scooters come to the fore, fear and apprehension among the people is increasing. The latest case of an EV accident has come to light from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. A 40-year-old man died in an explosion while charging an electric scooter here. At the same time, the condition of his wife and children remains critical.
bought a scooter a day ago
According to the police, 40-year-old Shiv Kumar, a resident of Vijayawada, had bought the Boom Corbett 14 scooter on Friday, April 22. According to the police, the blast took place at 3.30 am on April 23 and the entire family was hit by it.
According to the police,
“Around 10 pm, Shiv Kumar had installed the scooter’s detachable battery in his bedroom to charge it. The explosion took place at 3:30 in the morning. After the accident, Kumar succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. While the condition of the wife is very serious due to suffocation and burns.
Police said that two children were also in the house at that time. He was also taken to the hospital after his wife and children suffocated due to the smoke. It is being told that the wife also got 30 percent burnt in the fire. At present, he is being treated in a private hospital. According to media reports, the condition of the children is stable, but the condition of the wife is still critical.
According to reports, many items of the house including the AC were also damaged in the blast. This filled the house with smoke. Seeing the smoke, the neighbors guessed the accident and broke the doors and took the family out.
Police said that on the complaint of the relatives, an FIR has been registered in this matter and an investigation is going on. Police said,
“The exact cause of the explosion is yet to be revealed. Fire brigade personnel also reached the spot and investigated the cause of the fire. We have also spoken to the electric vehicle company to find out if the battery is damaged due to a short circuit.
However, till the time of writing the news, no statement was issued by the Electric Motor Company on this accident. Let us tell you that before this accident, a similar case had come up from Nizamabad in Telangana thrice. An 80-year-old man also died when the battery of an electric vehicle exploded.
Both these incidents are from Telugu-speaking states. However, reports of fire or explosion in electric vehicles have also been reported from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
In view of these accidents, NITI Aayog had recently talked about preparing a battery swapping policy. This will include incentives related to swappable batteries and rules related to its stringent testing protocol.
Earlier on Thursday, April 21, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had also announced that an expert panel has been constituted to investigate the matter. Those companies whose negligence will come to the fore in their report will be fined. Along with this, they will have to take back all defective electric vehicles.
Ola recalls vehicles
At the same time, according to media reports, Ola Electric has already decided to recall thousands of units of its two-wheelers. The company has made this announcement in view of the incidents of fire. Ola Electric is going to take back 1,441 units of its two-wheelers.