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Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Vasai near Mumbai

Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Vasai near Mumbai

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A Tata Nexon electric vehicle caught fire at a busy intersection on Mumbai’s Vasai Road, making it the first case of an electric car fire in the country.

Firefighters and police officers were seen battling to douse the massive fire, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained. There is no report of any casualty or injury to anyone in the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, the white colored Nexon EV was parked outside a restaurant and the fire broke out around 7 pm local time. The officials later retrieved the burnt remains of the vehicle.

“A detailed investigation is currently being conducted to ascertain the facts of this isolated incident. After that we will share detailed feedback. We are committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users. A Tata Motors spokesperson said that in almost 4 years more than 30,000 EVs have covered more than 1 million km across the country, this is the first such event.

best selling EV

Tata Nexon is the best selling electric vehicle in India and one of the two EVs sold by it. The company has sold more than 30,000 electric cars in the last four years, which together have covered over 100 million kilometres. Neither of these cars has experienced any such incident so far.

The five-seater Tata Nexon EV packs a 30.2kWh high energy density lithium-ion battery pack with liquid-cooled thermal management system. The vehicle has IP67 rated protection for the motor and battery pack, making it dust and waterproof.

thermal management

In an earlier interaction with Tata Motors executives, the company said, it has focused more on thermal management, which is the most important aspect in an EV. It also borrowed technical expertise from its UK-based brand Jaguar Land Rover to ensure that the temperature inside the battery pack remained under control.

While incidents of EV fires are common globally, as was the case with Tesla models, such incidents in India could shake consumer confidence in electric vehicle technology. The Center is trying to make India a hub for electric vehicles, including the production of cells and battery packs.

Priced at around ₹15 lakh, the Nexon EV has a proven drive range of 312 km for a full charge. A few weeks back, Tata Motors launched another variant called Nexon EV Max with an improved range of 437 kms, priced at ₹17.74 lakhs.

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23 June 2022

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