The government also ordered an investigation last month following the incident. Giridhar Aramane, secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, told PTI: “If necessary, the government can call Ola Electric to explain the incident.”
The Pune incident isn’t the only thing happening with the Ola S1 Pro. The electric vehicle was also seen reversing at 90 km/h due to a software problem. The same was reported by a tweet user, where the user removed the Ola S1 Pro, and the EV automatically switched to reverse mode.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport, the Center for Fire, Explosives and Environment Safety (CFEES) has been tasked with investigating the circumstances of the incident and proposing corrective measures to avoid such incidents in the future.
The cause of this incident is strongly assumed to be the bad lithium-ion battery used in the Ola S1 Pro. Thermal runaway occurs inside the battery when a lithium-ion battery is damaged or shorted. Thermal runaway is highly flammable and difficult to control.
The company responded to the incident, saying it was aware of the Pune incident with the Ola S1 Pro and was investigating to understand the cause. Additionally, they say that the company is committed to upholding the quality standards of the products installed in the Ola S1 Pro, and will take appropriate action on this.
Commenting on the incident, Bhavin Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Ola, shared his concern and said, “Safety is the top priority. We are investigating this and will fix it.”