A video of a Volvo C40 Recharge electric SUV is going viral on the Internet. The small clip shows fire blazing out of the vehicle’s rear wheels. It seems like that the fire originated under the vehicle’s body.
LG Pouch NMC cells strike again?
Sadly a case of Volvo C40 Recharge getting caught on fire on NH53 has come up. From video fire is starting from the bottom.
Volvo sells 78kWh pack in India which uses LG Pouch NMC cells.
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The details of the incident are not available. However, the car caught fire while it was being driven on the NH53. The owner Saurabh Rathore, who is a resident of Raipur, was travelling with his three friends when the car caught fire. The vehicle caught fire without any prior alert.
After the passengers spotted smoke billowing out from the vehicle, they stopped the car and rushed out. Soon, the vehicle was engulfed in flame. The locals could not save the vehicle from burning and it was reduced to ashes soon after.
Volvo or any other authorities is yet to comment on the incident. However, it is highly likely that the fire caused the batteries to leak and burn. The original source of the fire also remains unknown. In an electric vehicle, it can be anything from a leaked or faulty battery pack to electrical issues.
Till Volvo investigates the remaining of the vehicle, we won’t get the source of fire.
The C40 Recharge is like a transformed version of the XC40 Recharge, but with a sleeker SUV-coupe style. It’s an all-electric SUV, and it keeps the same structure and power setup as the XC40 Recharge. Using the CMA platform (Compact Modular Architecture), the C40 Recharge in India has dual electric motors – one on each axle – along with a 78kWh battery pack. This gives it a claimed range of 530km on a single charge (WLTP cycle) or 683km per ICAT. It’s interesting to note that the range has significantly increased compared to the SUV’s earlier claimed 418km, thanks to a newer battery and improved aerodynamics.
With two electric motors, it can drive on all four wheels and has a combined power of 408hp and 660Nm of torque. Volvo says it can accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 4.7 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the XC40 Recharge. The C40 Recharge supports fast charging using a 150kW DC charger, and it can go from 0 to 100 percent charge in just 27 minutes.
Not the first time
The occurrence of electric vehicles being involved in serious fire incidents is not a new phenomenon. Recently, there have been several instances of electric scooters, in particular, catching fire due to issues such as short circuits and overcharging. In 2022, there were multiple cases of electric scooters erupting in flames, and even electric cars faced similar incidents. These events are posing challenges to the Indian Government’s goal of establishing the country as the largest market for electric vehicles.
Recognizing the importance of electric vehicle safety, the Government has urged all electric vehicle manufacturers to implement robust safety measures. Over the past year, the Government has taken strict measures against certain electric vehicle manufacturers, closely monitoring their practices to enhance safety standards. Some companies have received specific directives to improve their manufacturing processes and enhance the safety features of their products.
Despite these safety concerns, the electric vehicle market is experiencing significant growth. Electric vehicle manufacturers such as Ather Energy, Ola Electric, Okinawa, and Ampere Electric are dominating the two-wheeler category. Tata Motors holds a prominent position in the passenger car segment, leading the electric vehicle market share, followed by other brands like MG, Hyundai, BYD, and Mahindra. Established automotive brands like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, and Renault are also expected to enter the electric vehicle space in the coming years.