India launches probe into Tata Motors EV fire incident

India has ordered an investigation into a fire incident involving a Tata Motors electric vehicle.

The automaker had dubbed the incident an “isolated thermal incident”.

A viral video on social media, showed one of the company’s electric cars engulfed in flames.

The video showed firefighters trying to extinguish the fire in a Nexon electric vehicle (EV) in a suburb of Mumbai.

Defence Research and Development Organisation, a government agency, would lead the investigation.

The company said this was the first such incident, having sold more than 30,000 EVs, the bulk of which are its Nexon model.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is drunk on electrification as his climate change and carbon reduction agenda.

Electric Vechicles are also seen as a way to help India to cut its oil import bill and reduce pollution in major cities.