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Ola S1 Pro Catches Fire, Raises Safety Concerns

Modified On Mar 28, 2022 01:36 PM By Aamir Momin for Ola S1

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The e-scooter goes up in flames in the outskirts of Pune

In a freak accident on Saturday March 26, an Ola S1 Pro went up in flames, emitting thick black smoke in the outskirts of Pune. Multiple videos of the fire incident have been circulating on the internet and social media. 

The incident was indeed scary and dangerous and something that was not expected out of a well established and premium brand like Ola Electric. Despite all the technology and development boasted by the EV manufacturer, the cells on the e-scooter managed to catch fire and is something that should be investigated and rectified by the company.

Kudos to manufacturers like Ather, TVS and Bajaj for building products that are safe for its customers, avoiding unforeseen circumstances. 

Currently the exact reason for the fire is unknown, but it could be due to the overheating of the battery pack, causing the internal temperature and pressure of the battery to rise at a quicker rate. 

Additionally, Ola Electric put out a statement saying that they are aware of the fire incident and are investigating the cause of the same. The statement also mentioned that safety is of paramount importance for the company and the customer who owned the e-scooter is safe.

However, the need for the statement shouldn’t have arrived in the first place. It raises serious questions about the safety and functionality of the e-scooter. Apart from this, the EV manufacturer has faced other issues with their EVs, primarily with the reports of the e-scooter riding backwards in the normal mode and vice versa and overselling of the two-wheelers but under deliveries of the same.

Theoretically, the Ola scooters are incredible products with great features and flaunt great specs and claimed figures; however, resolving these issues is something that the company should focus on.

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