General

Tata Nexon Electric Vehicle (EV) catches fire in Mumbai

Tata Nexon Electric Vehicle (EV) catches fire in Mumbai

Tata Motors TTM electric car Tata Nexon EV caught fire in Mumbai late in the evening (local time) on Wednesday, sparking a new debate over the safety of electric vehicles being made in the country.

A video of a burning Tata Nexon EV spread like wildfire on the internet as netizens shared concerns about EVs catching fire amid many incidents across the country.

According to the data of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations of IndiaTata Nexon EV has been the best-selling electric four-wheeler in the country in recent times.

Also see: Elon Musk responds to prediction that Volkswagen will overtake Tesla by 2024

Tata Motors said in a statement that the company will investigate the incident and provide a detailed response. “A detailed investigation is currently underway to establish the facts of the recent isolated thermal incident circulating on social media. We will share a detailed response after our full investigation.”

“This is the first incident after more than 30,000 EVs have cumulatively covered more than 1 million km across the country in nearly 4 years,” it said.

This came after many previously reported fire incidents involving electric two-wheelers from top Indian manufacturers such as: Ola Electric and Okinawan.

Why it matters: Earlier, Suraj Ghosh, Director of Mobility, S&P Global, told benzinga that with nearly a dozen EV fire incidents in the past six months, Indians would become more cautious about switching to electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, several US EV makers, including Tesla Inc TSLAFisker Inc FSRand triton EV, road plans to enter the Indian market.

Price promotion: According to data from Benzinga ProTata Motors Limited ADR The stock was trading 1.97% higher in the New York premarket session on Thursday.

Read next: Tesla Loses India Policy Exec After Suspending Expansion Plans