In recent years, China recorded several fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles.
According to the latest data released by the Chinese Fire and Rescue Department of the Ministry of Emergency Management on April 3, 640 electric vehicles caught fire in the first quarter of this year, up 32% year-on-year.
This means that there are about seven electric vehicles caught on fire per day on average.
According to Car News China, when comparing the above-mentioned numbers to the past two years, there were only 86 electric vehicle fire accidents reported, or an average of one accident per week.
Once the news broke out, the public had a heated discussion about the new energy vehicles’ safety.
Compared with vehicles using fuel, fire incidents of new energy vehicles are more likely to cause public concern.
In the middle of the night on June 13, according to a video shot by netizens in the Ordos, in north China’s Inner Mongolia region, a Huawei cell phone store was blazing up. According to state-backed media Global Times, the AITO M5, the first HarmonyOS-powered electric vehicle placed in the store, was burned to only the frame. [Video]
The fire killed two people. Both died from asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Global Times reported that before this incident, there wasn’t any abnormality in the store.
In addition, on June 11, two new energy vehicles in Heyuan City, Guangdong Province, suddenly exploded while charging, and one of the cars was burned into its chassis. In late June, another new energy vehicle in Hefei City, Anhui Province, also exploded during the charging process.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, loud explosions could be heard, and the electric car was burning. Thick black smoke was billowing up into the sky.
State-run media Guangxi Nanguo Morning Post reported, on the evening of April 6, a charging electric vehicle suddenly caught fire at an electric vehicle charging station in Wuyi Road, Nanning City. After several explosions, black smoke poured from the car. The car was then burned beyond recognition. [Video]
Accordingly, the electric car on fire was an Ora brand owned by Hebei Great Wall Motors, and it was only more than two years old.
Lately, BYD, China’s largest new energy vehicle manufacturer, has also experienced many fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles.
At noon on June 12, a BYD new energy vehicle exploded near Yinxia Plaza, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province. [Video]
According to Tencent.com, the owner bought that car in June 2020.
The incident came after the owner charged the car for more than one hour in the morning. After that, he parked it downstairs until the smoke burst into flames.
On June 6, a BYD Tang new energy vehicle caught fire on the road in Guigang, Guangxi. On the same day, another BYD new energy vehicle also suddenly ignited at the exit of a tunnel in Nanhai District, Foshan, Guangdong. [Image 4&5][Video]
According to incomplete statistics, from the beginning of this year to June, there were 42 unexplained fire-related accidents involving BYD.
It is worth noting that in recent years, in addition to the promotion of new energy vehicles by the Chinese regime, major Chinese battery companies have also deployed globally to compete for lithium ore resources.
As Caixin Global reported in September 2017, Xin Guobin, deputy minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that China had begun research on formulating a timetable to stop the production and sales of traditional energy vehicles.
In March 2019, Hainan provincial officials announced that the sale of cars powered by fossil fuels would be banned in the province starting in 2030.