Incidents of electric scooters catching fire have become a recurring theme. This, quite understandably, has created apprehensions among owners of electric bikes, concerned about their safety.
Ola CEO asks what accessories shoppers want with an electric scooter
Amid questions about EV safety, Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal took to Twitter to ask people what accessories they want with the Ola S1 electric scooter.
“What accessories would you like to have with the Ola S1?” Aggarwal tweeted.
As you’d expect, people added a host of things, including scooter backrest covers and the like. However, given the poor safety record of the Ola electric scooter, many users have suggested a fire extinguisher to go along with the Ola S1 electric scooter.
What accessories would you like to have with the Ola S1?
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) September 15, 2022
Among other recommendations, people suggested a footrest for the passenger, a phone holder for navigation, a home charging kit and a back support.
Here’s how people responded
Fire extinguisher https://t.co/3Jhn4kqyEO
— Lalit (@LalitSingh_1) September 16, 2022
Extinguisher :p @bhash https://t.co/wk1Jc51zTh
— CA Yash Khandelwal (@yshkwal) September 15, 2022
Lol. The first thing that came to mind was the portable fire extinguisher. 😂 https://t.co/RbhcQ1TxLx
— Vignesh Mallya (@v_malya) September 15, 2022
I came here to see the fire extinguisher. Twitter NEVER disappoints. https://t.co/YUyv0JTYYT
— Gokul ⚡️ (@gokulns) September 15, 2022
This guy had a more practical suggestion
— Bose (@_thebose) September 16, 2022
And then things got really sarcastic
Lollypop…that’s what Ola customers have gotten so far https://t.co/Fmao6WqBwH
— Prashant Paleja (@caprashant1) September 15, 2022
In recent months, several cases of electric two-wheelers, including those manufactured by Ola, have caught fire. The wave of electric vehicle fires has shed light on the safety and reliability of these vehicles.
Ola electric scooters implicated in fires
Earlier in April, Ola was forced to recall 1,441 units of its electric two-wheelers, after incidents of vehicles catching fire.
Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said at the time that world-class agencies had been hired to find out why Ola’s electric scooter had caught fire. However, despite his assurances, social media has been filled with complaints about the company’s two-wheelers malfunctioning, burning or even breaking.
In May, Twitter user Sreenadh Menon took to the microblogging website to share a photo of his Ola electric scooter which was split into two parts.
The front fork breaks even in low speed riding and this is a serious and dangerous thing that we are facing now, we would like to request that we need a replacement or a design change on this part and we save life from traffic accident due to bad usd material pic.twitter.com/cgVQwRoN5t
— sreenadh menon (@SreenadhMenon) May 24, 2022
Tagging Bhavish Aggarwal, Menon wrote: “The front fork breaks even in low speed riding and it is a serious and dangerous thing that we are facing now, we would like to request that we need a replacement or a design change on this part and saving our lives from a road accident due to poor material being used.”
To this, Ola Electric replied, “Hello, we will be contacting you by phone shortly, so that we can review this and get back to you.”
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