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.

2 thoughts on “Report says battery did not explode in deadly BYD taxi fire”

  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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