While parked on the side of the road, an Ola S1 Pro caught fire. The event, which was captured on film and published on social media, occurred last week in Pune. Ola Electric confirmed that it was aware of the occurrence and that it was looking into it. The company also stated that after the investigation is completed in the following days, it will take appropriate action. Last year, the Ola S1 Pro was introduced as the company’s first electric scooter. It debuted alongside the ordinary Ola S1, while production of the vanilla model has recently halted.
The almost half-minute video, which was first uploaded on social media by YouTube channel ElectricBikeWale, showed an Ola S1 Pro electric scooter in Midnight Blue colour stopped on the roadside, emitting smoke before erupting into flames and being engulfed in flames.
The exact cause of the problem has yet to be determined. Ola Electric, on the other hand, indicated in a news release that it has contacted the concerned user.
“We are aware of an incident in Pune involving one of our scooters, and we are investigating to determine the root cause. We will provide additional information in the coming days.” In a statement, the Bengaluru-based company stated, “We’re in continual contact with the customer, who is completely safe.”
It also noted that the issue was taken seriously by the company, and that it will take appropriate steps and provide further details in the following days.
“At Ola, vehicle safety is vital, and we are dedicated to the highest quality standards in our products,” the company stated.
Our statement on the Pune incident. pic.twitter.com/aSX1DlTBmd
— Ola Electric (@OlaElectric) March 26, 2022
Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO of Ola Electric, made the same statement on Twitter and promised a solution.
Customers who were considering purchasing the Ola S1 Pro were concerned about the possibility of it catching fire. According to tweets posted after the incident, several of them have already cancelled their orders.
— Kirtikumar Ambuskar (@ambuskar) March 27, 2022
The Ola S1 Pro isn’t the only electric scooter in India to catch fire and make news. Last year, two separate incidences of ePluto from Hyderabad-based Pure EV bursting into flames were captured on film and posted online. In response to these incidents, the business launched an investigation.
An electric scooter from Gurugram-based Okinawa Autotech was witnessed burning ferociously in a similar fashion in October.
According to a report in The Hindu, a 49-year-old man and his daughter were killed in Vellore last week when an electric bike caught fire. The name of the e-manufacturer bike’s has yet to be revealed.
According to the article, the fire started as a result of an electrical short circuit, which was confirmed by local police. It caused the entire house to fill with smoke, suffocating the victims.
Cases of electric scooters and bikes catching fire are likely to have an impact on the country’s developing electric scooter and bike market.
According to a report by market research and consulting firm JMK Research & Analytics, the country’s market for electric two-wheelers would reach 30 lakh units in the next five years, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 84 percent from fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2026. The expansion is thought to be fueled by a number of factors, including the government’s strong push and affordability.