Ola S1 Pro electric scooter catches fire in Bhopal [Video]

Ola Electric scooters have come under scrutiny following several incidents in which the models caught fire. One such incident took place in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, where an Ola S1 Pro scooter caught fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

A video of the incident, which has gone viral on the internet, shows the Ola S1 Pro parked by the side of the road with its seat flipped open. Smoke can be seen emanating from the under-seat storage area of the electric scooter. Within seconds, the entire vehicle is engulfed in flames.

Fortunately, bystanders rushed to help and used a water hose to extinguish the fire. The video shows the extensive damage done to the rear of the scooter, where the motor is located. The cause of the fire is likely to be an electrical fault or short-circuit in the electric motor.

Ola S1 Pro electric scooter catches fire in Bhopal [Video]

After the fire was put out, it became clear that the floorboard of the scooter was undamaged, and the batteries, located beneath the floorboard, appeared to be unharmed. It’s worth noting that water can exacerbate fires involving damaged lithium-ion batteries, but in this case, the fire was completely extinguished by the water, indicating that the batteries were not at fault.

Ola Electric has yet to issue an official response to this incident. Once the investigation is complete, we should have a better understanding of the root cause of the fire.

Different brands have faced fire incidents

Electric vehicle startups have been experiencing a series of fire incidents over the past few months, and the cause of these incidents is yet to be determined. Three Okinawa electric scooters have caught fire since October 2020, and in the past month, scooters from Ola Electric, Pure EV, and Jitendra EV have also caught fire. Unfortunately, one of the incidents even resulted in a fatality. While the other electric scooter makers have addressed the issue, Ola Electric has yet to release an official statement regarding one of its S1 Pro scooters catching fire in Pune.

In response to this call to action, Okinawa recently recalled 3,215 units of its electric scooters to investigate any loose connections or potential damage to their batteries. Additionally, Pure EV has voluntarily recalled 2,000 units of its electric scooters, including the ETrance+ and EPluto 7G. Although Ola Electric has yet to take any similar actions for its S1 Pro, the company is reportedly working to determine the root cause of the issue.

Last year, Ola Electric recalled 1,441 scooters as a corrective measure after a fire incident occurred in Pune. However, the company did not release an official statement regarding the cause of the incident. In addition to this, numerous reports have surfaced on social media about technical, software, and quality issues in the Ola S1 Pro. Several serious software problems have been reported across the country, including scooters unexpectedly reversing at high speeds and sudden drops in remaining range.