A surprising case has emerged where a prominent electric SUV catches fire. The vehicle in question is the Tata Nexon EV. It is the highest-selling EV in the country with over 70% market share. The EV version is built upon the ICE-powered Nexon, which has already gained popularity in our market. Its attractiveness stems from various qualities, such as contemporary features, striking design, SUV-like appearance, a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP (last-gen model), and the availability of multiple powertrain choices. Building on these strengths, Tata Motors integrated the electric motor assembly and introduced it as an electric vehicle. The outcomes have been nothing short of impressive.
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Electric SUV Catches Fire
This video comes from AtharvaDhuri on YouTube. It captures a rather tragic incident. The 6-month-old Tata Nexon EV is parked on the side of the road. The visuals showcase it engulfed in fire. The exact reason for the fire is not clear. Still, people are busy making videos of the EV in flames. In fact, the onlookers are also advising people to stay away from the car. That is wise since the battery of the EV could explode. Hence, it is always prudent to stay away from the cars in such situations. The parts of the car could even fly away due to fire potentially causing injuries to the people around.
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The Tata Nexon EV comes in two versions – MR (Medium Range) and LR (Long Range), indicating their respective distance capabilities. You can select from two battery options – a 30.2 kWh and a 40.5 kWh, providing claimed ranges of 325 km and 465 km, respectively. These electric models deliver impressive power and torque, boasting figures of 127 hp / 215 Nm and 143 hp / 215 Nm for peak power and torque. Regarding charging, both versions can be fully charged from 10% to 100% using a DC fast charger in just 56 minutes. Alternatively, with the 7.3 kW AC charger, the MR variant can complete the same task in 4.3 hours, while the LR variant takes 6 hours. The price ranges between Rs 14.74 lakh and Rs 19.94 lakh, ex-showroom.
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What We Think
The issue with such YouTube videos is that they don’t always capture the full picture. We would like to refrain from making any comments in this case because we don’t have all the facts. There are many cases where people often visit the aftermarket car shops for some modifications. That is also a prominent cause of fires. Apart from that, there could even be manufacturing defects. Therefore, we must not jump to conclusions. We must, instead, wait for a thorough investigation into this matter to determine the exact cause of the fire.
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