Electric Scooter Explodes on Roadway in China
CHINA – According to an online story posted to gaadiwaadi.com, an electric scooter recently exploded on a roadway in China. A video of the incident shows the vehicle spontaneously catching on fire and immediately burning to the point of destruction.*
The incident occurred recently while two people were riding an electric scooter on a street in China. The whole ordeal was captured on video, seemingly from a nearby business. The scooter started smoking, then suddenly burst into flames. The flames quickly engulfed the entire vehicle.
The driver of the scooter was able to immediately jump off and run away. The passenger on the scooter started to get off and was thrown from the vehicle as it overturned. The passenger managed to crawl away from the scooter before being seriously burned. The video from the scooter explosion shows that Chinese police officers using fire extinguishers had a difficult time putting out the fire.
It is not clear if investigators have determined the official cause of the explosion, but it appears the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery was to blame. The battery is the same type as one would find in a cell phone or a computer. The batteries are efficient and powerful and can place a lot of energy in a small space. However, they are also becoming increasingly associated with explosions.
Lithium-ion batteries can short circuit, degrade, or become damaged in a way that leads to dangerous overheating and possible explosions. When a spark occurs in or near the batteries, they ignite quickly, burn rapidly, and take a long time to completely extinguish. This leaves people using various devices and vehicles vulnerable to serious injuries and potentially even death.
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