While the cause of the incident remains unclear, Ola Electric is actively investigating into what may have caused the fire.
An Ola S1 Pro electric scooter was spotted catching fire in what appears to be a Pune-registered vehicle. The videos of the incident have now gone viral on social media with the blue-coloured electric scooter up in flames while parked on the side of the road. The video starts off with smoke emitting from under the bodywork but the scooter burst into flames which soon engulfed the entire vehicle. Ola says it has already reached out to the customer and the person is “absolutely safe.”
Acknowledging the incident, Ola Electric issued a statement reading, “We are aware of an incident in Pune that happened with one of our scooters and are investigating to understand the root cause and will share more updates in the next few days. We’re in constant touch with the customer who is absolutely safe. Vehicle safety is of paramount importance at Ola and we are committed to the highest quality standards in our products. We take this incident seriously and will take appropriate action and share more in the coming days.”
There’s no word yet on what caused the incident with the Ola S1 Pro. The issue though could be from the battery overheating but all of this remains conjecture until the manufacturer releases complete details about the cause of the accident. That being said, electric scooters catching fire has not been an entirely new issue and there have been such cases in the past with other such offerings. In several cases, the electric scooters caught fire during charging. We’d like to iterate that the exact reason for the incident is unknown at the moment.
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The Ola S1 Pro gets a 3.97 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s fixed. The scooter promises a range of 181 km on a single charge and a top speed of 115 kmph. The model is priced at ₹ 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom, after FAME II Subsidy). Ola recently opened its new purchase window on March 17, 2022.
The latest incident is yet another blow to Ola Electric, which has not just faced the ire of customers but has so far failed to receive any positive reviews on its products. Ola Electric did not invite carandbike to the first media ride of the S1 Pro electric scooter, so we have no way of commenting on the product. In fact, the S1 and S1 Pro also qualified to be nominated for the 2022 carandbike Awards, but Ola Electric did not send any test units for the two-wheeler jury meet.