Electric Two-Wheeler Bursts Into Flames Suddenly, Captured In Shocking Video
Feb 1, 2019  Vibin P Vijay


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Electric car catches fire, burns passenger
CGTN  Published on Jun 14, 2018
Surveillance footage shows an electric scooter carrying two men suddenly
burst into flames while traveling at high speed. The accident took place in
Jiangxi Province's Ganzhou City in east China on June 4.

Electric vehicles use highly inflammable Lithium-ion batteries, which can
catch fire and go into flames within seconds

With the world moving towards electric mobility, we will soon see roads
filled with electric vehicles. While the future of electric mobility is
still a few years away in India, the Chinese market is filled with electric
vehicles and the consumers have accepted the vehicles quite well. There are
many kinds of electric vehicle on sale in the Chinese market including the
locally-made ones.

(Above) is a video of a locally assembled electric two-wheeler in China that
catches fire within seconds and was reduced to ashes. Electric vehicles use
complicated charging modules and have big batteries that power the electric
motor. Most of the modern-day electric vehicles get the highly efficient
lithium-ion batteries, which are known for their excellent capacity and
charge hold time.

However, the lithium-ion batteries can be extremely dangerous. As seen in
the video, the scooter catches fire in the middle of the road and within
seconds the whole vehicle is engulfed in the fire. Lithium-ion batteries can
get affected in many various ways. It can be because of a short-circuit or a
punctured battery pack.

The fire can spread uncontrollably. To ensure that the batteries remain safe
and avoid any such incident, manufacturers often install safety device that
can cut off the power supply to the battery during a short circuit. Many
manufacturers also place them in secured enclosures to avoid any punctures,
especially during high-speed accidents.

It is not only about low-cost electric vehicles being vulnerable to such
accidents. Many Tesla vehicles have also caught fire after accidents due to
the lithium-ion batteries. While the electric future looks unavoidable now,
manufacturers should be working towards the vehicles safer. Electric
vehicles can explode during accidents and that reduces any chance of

The shocking incident in China also shows police officers carrying fire
extinguishers and dousing the out-of-control fire. Even with the
extinguisher, it takes some time to bring the fire under control. There is
no doubt that electric vehicles are the future but will be safer than the
regular vehicles in the market? That’s a big question that remains
unanswered for the time being.
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