A fire followed by an explosion in an electric two-wheeler at an electric vehicle showroom in the parking lot of a luxury hotel in Secunderabad. The explosion was captured by a CCTV camera at the Ruby Luxury Hotel in Secunderabad. In the video, it can be seen that there was smoke in what looked like a closed parking space, the smoke was followed by an explosion resulting in a fire. Also Read – Kia India Introduces India’s Fastest Electric Charging Stations for EVs
CCTV visuals show an e-bike emitting smoke, catching fire and exploding, leading to a massive fire at the Ruby Luxury Hotel in Secunderabad. The electric vehicles were parked in the basement of the hotel and electric vehicle showroom. Eight people were killed in the fire.@LeQuint pic.twitter.com/U0fXYA0fsM Also Read – Ola’s Electric Car Could Arrive August 15th, CEO Bhavish Aggarwal Hints
— Nikhila Henry (@NikhilaHenry) September 13, 2022 Also Read – Electric vehicle charging facilities drastically lower than number of electric vehicles in India: report
The fire is believed to have killed eight people and injured a dozen or more. The fire in the parking lot and basement causes it to spread to the entire building. In the images shared online, we can see the name of the showroom as “Ruby Electric Scooter”.
🔴 #BREAKING | 8 killed, several feared trapped in fire in Secunderabad, lodge residents engulfed in smoke, fire; a fire may have broken out in an electric vehicle showroom
— SK Tiwari (@stiwari1510) September 13, 2022
The Ministry of Roads is said to have requested a detailed report on the fire and its probable causes. Currently, there are no details on the exact model of electric scooter that caught fire. However, the sign outside the Ruby Luxury Hotel displays the Gemopai scooter banner. This new incident adds to a long list of electric vehicle fires that took place earlier this year.
Bad battery cells responsible for electric vehicle fire in Secunderabad?
Greater Noida-based Gemopai’s electric vehicle reportedly caught fire.#Gemopai is a joint venture between Delhi-based Goreen E Mobility and China-based electric vehicle manufacturer Opai Electric. pic.twitter.com/EQzk5opm0M
— Chetan Bhutani (@BhutaniChetan) September 13, 2022
Companies such as PureEV, Okinawa Autotech and even Ola Electric have been under government scrutiny for similar electric vehicle fire accidents. However, the latest case caused the maximum number of deaths.
The government has already released a draft notice to publish new battery safety requirements, including battery management systems. The draft notification was released earlier this month.
A staircase connects the five floors of the building which housed a vehicle showroom, hotel and charging stations for electric vehicles. Smoke rose through this opening to all floors of the building, CP CV Anand said of the Ruby Hotel fire in Secunderabad.@LeQuint pic.twitter.com/FDy5j6zAQf
— Nikhila Henry (@NikhilaHenry) September 13, 2022