Kerala: Police probing fire in Ola e-scooter, technical fault may be the reason

Last weekend a house in a village in Thiruvananthapuram district of southern Kerala Ola Electric Scooter I caught fire. The cause of the fire is unknown. An FIR has been registered by the Nedumangad police station on the incident, which took place on July 19 at around 3 am.

Police said no case of arson

The investigation is ongoing, according to local police officials, who said it was not a case of arson. According to the FIR, the scooter worth Rs 1,49,000 was parked in the garage and was engulfed in flames late at night. The fire also engulfed the scooter owner’s television and caused other damage, resulting in a total loss of Rs 4,49,500. The location of the house is about 8 km north-west of Nedumangad police station.

Ola company contacted the scooter owner

The police also confirmed to ET Prime that the company is probing the cause of the fire. An e-mail has been sent to the company. As and when he replies, the story will be updated with his response. ET Prime contacted the owner of the scooter, who said that the company is actively cooperating with the family and has offered to replace the vehicle.

This is not the first incident of fire in Ola

This is not the first time that an incident of fire has happened in the Olas 1 range of scooters. Last year on March 25, an Ola S1 Pro scooter caught fire during the day in Lohegaon, Pune. The incident had triggered an investigation by the Center for Fire, Explosives and Environmental Safety, a unit under the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). At the same time, in the statement issued by Ola Electric, it was said that, we are fully aware of the fire incident. Investigation is being done to know its root cause. We are taking this incident seriously and will share an update with everyone in the coming days. The company’s CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said that our priority is security. Checking this out. The customer whose scooter caught fire is being contacted.

Multiple cases of front fork breaking of Ola’s electric scooters

There have been several cases of front fork breaking of Ola’s electric scooters. Widespread customer complaints on various issues also affected the sales of the scooter initially, which has now recovered. The company has aggressive plans to dominate the electric-scooter market and is building a gigafactory with an automobile manufacturing plant as well as a battery manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district.