EV fires again! Okinawa dealership goes up in flames, company recalls Praise Pro electric scooters

Okinawa had issued a recall of its scooters just before the incident.

Highlights
  • An Okinawa Autotech dealership caught fire in Tamil Nadu recently 
  • Okinawa on Saturday recalled 3,215 units of its Praise Pro e-scooters for a battery ‘Health Check-Up’ 
  • This is the sixth EV-related fire incident in India this summer

An Okinawa Autotech dealership in Tamil Nadu went up in flames due to a reported EV fire inside the outlet. This comes immediately after Okinawa Autotech had issued a recall of its Praise Pro e-scooters under a battery fault check-up and redressal service.

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The company had issued a call back on April 16th for 3,215 units of the Okinawa Praise Pro e-scooter over concerns of battery-related fires. As many as three Okinawa e-scooters have caught fire since October 2021 and have ended up injuring two people. On March 25th, 2022, a father-daughter duo had reportedly died due to a blast in the battery of their brand-new Okinawa scooter while they were charging it at home.

EV fire burns down Okinawa dealership in Tamil Nadu

No casualties have been reported and the fire was put out with the help of locals. It still remains to be seen to what extent the dealership has been damaged. However, going by the visuals from the accident site, there might hardly be anything left unburnt inside the outlet.

The video that surfaced soon after showed the dealership engulfed in thick black fumes. The devastation caused by the fire can be inferred from the amount of smoke exiting the commercial space. While the cause of the fire is officially yet to be investigated, EV fires in India are being blamed upon the inferior quality of battery packs, poor designs and lack of appropriate testing. No one has yet been reported to be injured in this incident. 

Okinawa Autotech recalls Praise Pro e-scooter

Okinawa Autotech recently recalled its Praise Pro e-scooter in an effort to identify and rectify battery-related issues, free of cost for customers. A total of 3,215 units have been recalled in the process and Okinawa’s official statement on Saturday stated, “This is part of its comprehensive powerpack health checkup camps. The batteries will be checked for loose connectors or any damage and be repaired free of charge at any of the Okinawa authorised dealerships pan India.” 

Sources suggest that the dealership fire took place just after Okinawa’s ‘Health-Check Up’ camps that were initiated on Saturday. This comes after scattered incidents of battery fires in e-scooters rose in frequency and multiple Okinawa e-scooters succumbed to a battery-related calamity. Two people have reportedly been injured in the process as well. Recently, a batch of 20 e-scooters from Jitendra EV caught fire in a transport container in Nashik.