The central government has taken a serious note of the fire incident in the Nexon electric SUV of Tata Motors in Mumbai and has ordered an inquiry.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was earlier entrusted with the investigation of electric two-wheeler fire incidents by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, will now investigate the Nexon EV fire as well.
DRDO found many defects in the battery pack during the investigation. Officials suspect that the manufacturers have used cheaper materials to cut costs.
According to the information, the incident of fire in Tata Nexon EV in Mumbai took place near Vasai West Panchavati Hotel late on Wednesday night.
“We are conducting a detailed investigation to find out the incident. Information will be shared after the investigation. We are committed to the safety of our vehicles and their users,” the company said in a statement.
Tata Nexon EV is the best selling electric car in India. At least 2,500-3,000 cars are being sold every month in the country.
The company has so far sold over 30,000 electric vehicles, mostly Nexon models.
“In almost four years, more than 30,000 EVs have covered a total distance of more than one million kilometers across the country, the first of its kind,” the company said.