Center orders preliminary inquiry into fire at Secunderabad e-bike showroom


By PTI IST (Released)

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Eight people, including a woman, staying at a hotel were killed in a midnight fire that originated from an e-bike showroom below in the Secunderabad area.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has ordered a preliminary investigation into the fire at an e-bike showroom in the Secunderabad area of ​​Hyderabad, a senior government official has said.

Eight people, including a woman, staying at a hotel were killed in a midnight fire that originated from an e-bike showroom below in the Secunderabad area.

“Two experts are visiting (E-bike showroom in Secunderabad) after the police submitted their preliminary findings,” the official said. Ten other people were injured and rushed to various hospitals, police said on Monday. Most of the victims were asphyxiated.

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Showroom fire and smoke engulfed Ruby Pride Hotel above showroom killing victims recently introduced additional safety provisions in the battery safety standards which will come into force from 1 October.

The changes include additional safety requirements related to battery cells, on-board charger, battery pack design, and thermal spread due to internal cell shorting leading to fire.

In April this year, there were reports of electric two-wheelers from manufacturers such as Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and PureEV catching fire. This prompted the government to form a panel to investigate.

MoRTH had formed an expert committee, chaired by ARCl Hyderabad Director Tata Narsingh Rao, Center for Fire, Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES) scientist MK Jain, Indian Institute of Science Subba Reddy and IIT Madras Professor Devendra Jalihal as members to recommend additional safety requirements in the existing battery safety standards notified under the CMV Rules.

Taking electric vehicle fire accidents into consideration, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari in April warned companies of penalties if they were found to be negligent and said they would be ordered to recall faulty vehicles. .

Subsequently, Ola Electric recalled 1,441 units of its electric two-wheelers. Okinawa also announced the recall of 3,215 units of its Praise Pro electric scooter to fix any battery-related issues. Similarly, Pure EV has recalled 2,000 units of its ETrance+ and EPluto 7G models.


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