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Hearth breaks out at Ather dealership in Chennai, no accidents reported | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Ather says the hearth was the results of an accident-affected scooter with a cracked battery pack being stress washed at its facility

A hearth broke out at electrical scooter start-up Ather Power’s dealership in Chennai. Movies of the incident have surfaced on the web and present smoke popping out of Ather’s outlet. The fireplace occurred on Friday afternoon and the corporate was fast to make an official assertion on Twitter.

Ather first acknowledged the hearth quickly after it occurred, and has now put out a press release with the findings of its investigation. As per the assertion, the scooter that caught hearth was an accident-affected scooter that got here to the service centre with a cracked battery pack. Filth on the scooter prompted the service centre to stress wash the scooter, which led to water getting into the battery pack by way of the crack, and inflicting inside brief circuiting of the cells throughout the pack, which led to a thermal runaway state of affairs.

The corporate says the scooter was then remoted from all different automobiles and individuals on the dealership (although some studies say quite a lot of different scooters have been additionally damanged within the incident), and whereas there was some injury brought about to the property, no workers have been injured within the mishap. Ather’s assertion additionally mentions that the affected scooter featured third-party fasteners of various lengths put in across the battery pack, which it believes might have worsened the stresses on the battery pack’s prime panel the place the crack fashioned.

Whether or not the reason for the hearth is expounded to the operation of the automobile or not, there isn’t any denying that it is an unlucky time for an Ather scooter to face this situation. That is one among many electrical scooter-related hearth incidents which have occurred prior to now two months or so in our nation. Corporations akin to Ola Electrical, Pure EV, Jitendra EV Tech and Okinawa have all been concerned in EV hearth incidents. Nonetheless, this marks the primary time that Ather has been concerned in such an occasion. Most lately, a Hero Electrical Photon scooter caught hearth resulting from a defective energy socket

So far as rectification measures are involved, Ather says will probably be introducing new pre-checks for inspection of automobiles that come to the service centre after an accident. The corporate has additionally urged its prospects to stay with the proper specification of fasteners on its scooters, particularly for areas surrounding the battery and wiring, no matter whether or not the automobile is being labored on at Ather’s service centres or exterior.

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