The Tata Nexon EV had recently caught fire in Mumbai, and the incident was captured on camera by viewers who shared it online. These videos clearly show that the battery pack placed under the floor and between the axles is on fire.
We can see police officers and firefighters responding immediately to the incident with water hoses from fire trucks and trying to extinguish the fire from under the Nexon EV. It should also be noted that EVs have very small flames as each battery cell catches fire and it looks like a microscopic explosion.
Authorities say the fire was contained very quickly. In an online photo of the aftermath of the fire, we can see that most of the vehicle is intact and most of the burn spots are only on the edges. Nothing can be said about the incident till the news is written.
“A detailed investigation is underway to find out the facts of a separate thermal incident which has been circulating on social media recently. We will share a detailed response after our in-depth investigation. We are committed to the safety of our vehicles and their customers.
This is the first time in almost four years that more than 30,000 electric vehicles across the country have covered a distance of 100 million kilometers.
While some will soon come to a conclusion about the causes of the incident, we are awaiting a detailed analysis by Tata.
Many people blame the battery for overcharging or overheating due to the scorching heat in India, which can reach 50 degrees Celsius in a clear day as a catalyst for such accidents.
However, there are more complex factors that can cause an electric car battery to catch fire.
Lithium-ion cells, which form a battery pack, are based on chemical reactions that generate energy. The standard Nexon EV comes in a 30.2kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack.
Like any electrical appliance that uses lithium-ion batteries, a battery pack has many components to control and regulate those chemicals and generate heat when electricity is generated. All such components must be inspected to determine the cause of the battery fire.
It should also be noted that BEV batteries worldwide suffer from a rare occurrence of fire. Most notably, the Hyundai Kona Electric in South Korea had 13 fires by the end of 2020. These are 13 units out of tens of thousands sold in a year.
Once Tata has identified the cause of the problem, it is hoped that the carmaker will assess whether other units are likely to have a similar effect and make the necessary changes by recalling.