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China: BYD Announces Preliminary Electric Car Fire Cause

BYD has had a rough ride these last few weeks and the latest deadly e6 fire accident means the company needs to shore up its fresh image.

BYD Co., the Chinese electric carmaker poised to introduce its electric car, the e6 I briefly drove a few weeks ago is doing a lot of PR work to touch up its bruised public image. After a deadly car accident involving a speeding car crashing into its electric taxi at 90 mph, all occupants of the taxi died, sending the news media into a frenzy. The company is now claiming it wasn’t the battery’s fault.

Technically Speaking. According to the company, the fire wasn’t caused by the flammable fluids used to cool down the batteries. The fire was probably caused either by the hot tires or a spliced cable that ignited after the cab crashed into a tree. According to BYD’s Senior Vice President Stella Li who cited the initial findings from two external investigation teams, the battery fluids didn’t leak before the blaze.


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