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Report says battery did not explode in deadly BYD taxi fire

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No safety-related design flaws were found in a probe that was launched following a car fire that killed three people in a cab manufactured by Chinese automaker BYD, an investigatory team said Friday.

The probe results came a little more than two months after the deadly accident in South China’s city of Shenzhen. The incident has raised concerns about the safety of BYD’s electric vehicles.

An e6-model cab manufactured by BYD caught fire after being hit by a speeding car and slamming into a roadside tree on May 26, killing all three of the cab’s occupants on the spot.

Wu Zhixin, head of the 13-member investigatory team, said a month-long investigation found that the lithium-ion battery in the BYD cab did not explode during the accident.

The electric car also had no safety design flaws, he said.

The lithium-ion battery and high-voltage distribution box inside the cab were crushed during the accident, causing a short circuit that ignited the interior of the car, said Wu, who is also deputy director of the China Automotive Technology & Research Center.

Wu said the car had previously passed a series of quality tests concerning collision and battery standards.

Seventy-five percent of the 96-cell lithium-ion battery remained intact during the fire, Wu added.

Shenzhen uses 500 BYD electric vehicles (300 cabs and 200 buses) as part of its public transportation system.

Via: ChinaDaily.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Wouldn’t it have been much more effective to have some authoritative body like BYD’s new venture partner, Underwriters Laboratory, to release a statement confirming these findings?
    Also wasn’t the e6 previously advertised as having a LiFePO4 rather than the lithium ion batteries referred to here?

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