In a first such case involving an electric car in India, a Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Mumbai and the company was investigating the incident.
The EV car fire incident was reported from Vasai West (near Panchvati hotel) in Mumbai late on Wednesday, and the video of the Tata Nexon engulfed in fire went viral on social media. The company said in a statement that "a detailed investigation is currently being conducted to ascertain the facts of this isolated incident".
"We will share a detailed response thereafter. We remain committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users," it added. Tata Nexon EV is the highest selling electric car in India and at least 2,500-3,000 cars are being sold every month in the country. The company has so far sold over 30,000 Nexon EVs. According to the video, the owner of the car charged his Nexon EV with a normal slow charger installed at his office.
After driving about 5 km towards his house, he heard some weird sounds from the car and saw flashes of warnings on the dashboard which alerted him to stop the vehicle and get out of the car, media reports said. Later, firefighters were seen spraying water on the burning Nexon EV. "This is a first incident after more than 30,000 EVs have cumulatively covered over 1 million km across the country in nearly four years," said the company.