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Volvo C40 Recharge fire incident raises concerns over Electric Vehicle safety


In a surprising turn of events, a Volvo C40 Recharge, one of the most premium electric cars available in the Indian market with a starting price of Rs 62.95 lakh (ex-showroom), caught fire in Chhattisgarh, triggering concerns over the safety of electric vehicles (EVs) despite their hefty price tags.

The incident unfolded as the embedded safety features in the C40 Recharge alerted the driver, allowing them to safely pull over and exit the vehicle. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and all occupants emerged unharmed, emphasizing the importance of advanced safety mechanisms in modern electric cars.

Volvo Car India has taken a proactive stance, announcing a thorough examination of the C40 Recharge involved in the fire. Technical experts will delve into the incident to determine the root cause, shedding light on the challenges associated with extinguishing fires in electric vehicles while in motion.

The incident has sparked discussions about EV safety, especially concerning lithium-ion battery fires. Speculations are circulating about the involvement of LG Pouch NMC cells in the vehicle’s battery pack, raising questions about the reliability of components in high-end electric vehicles.

Electric vehicle fires, particularly those involving lithium-ion batteries, present unique challenges compared to traditional internal combustion engine fires. Standard methods for extinguishing fires may not be effective, raising concerns about the industry’s preparedness to tackle such incidents.

As authorities investigate the exact cause of the fire, this incident highlights the importance of stringent safety measures in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle landscape. It prompts manufacturers, regulators, and consumers to reevaluate and reinforce safety standards to ensure the continued trust and adoption of electric vehicles in India and beyond. The outcome of this investigation will undoubtedly influence the trajectory of EV safety protocols in the industry.

The Volvo C40 Recharge, introduced in India in August 2023, shares its platform with the XC40 Recharge EV. It is one of the safest EV in India, and despite its hefty price and top-notch safety standards, the vehicle went in flames leaving the car enthusiasts concerned and doubtful about investing in electric vehicles.

Equipped with a dual-motor setup, a 78kWh battery pack, and an impressive range of 530 km on a single charge, the C40 Recharge is renowned for its quick acceleration and fast charging capabilities. If a Volvo EV can catch fire, we just can’t blame sub-15 lakh EVs and the entry-level electric scooters from Ola and other brands. Long live ICE vehicles!