In another setback for electric vehicles, a container truck carrying 40 scooters catches fire

In another setback for electric vehicles, a container truck carrying 40 scooters catches fire
An image of the container truck burning.IANS
  • A container truck carrying 40 electric scooters reportedly caught on fire.
  • The incident destroyed 20 electric scooters and was brought under control by the fire department.
  • The incident further raises concerns about the safety of electric vehicles being sold in India.
In yet another setback for the electric vehicles industry in India, a container truck carrying 40 electric scooters caught on fire. As per the report, 20 scooters in the upper segment of the truck were completely destroyed but fortunately, there was no loss of life.

This comes just a few days after electric scooters like the Ola S1 Pro and Pure EV reportedly caught fire in India. The central government had deputed a team of independent experts to investigate the incidents.

According to a CNBC-TV18 report, 40 electric scooters from Jitendra Electric Vehicles, a part of the Shah Group were being transported from the Jitendra EV factory in Nashik to Bengaluru when a fire was reported in the upper segment of the container on April 9.

"An unfortunate incident took place on 9th April near our factory gate in a scooter transport container. The situation was immediately brought under control by timely intervention from our team," the company told CNBC-TV18 in a statement.

“Safety being of prime importance, we are investigating the root cause and we will come up with the findings in coming days,” the company added.


The fire has added to the safety concerns as there have been multiple reports of electric scooters catching fire over the past few weeks. This could very well hamper the popularity of electric vehicles in the country and end up slowing down the rollout.

This comes at a time when the sale of electric two-wheelers has surged by over 5 times in the past year. The Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety team that has been deputed by the government is expected to deliver its report by the end of this month. Once the report is submitted, we should know more about the cause of these recent fires.

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