China National Radio CNR reported on April 4 that data released by the Fire Department under the Ministry of Emergency Management of China in the first quarter of 2022 showed that there were 219.000 fires reported across the country; 640 of those fires were new energy vehicles, representing an increase of 32% over the previous year.
That showed that, on average, more than 7 new energy vehicles a day were self-burned in the first quarter.
After the report was issued, it caused public concern. The community hotly discussed the safety of new energy vehicles.
In recent years, fires and spontaneous combustion accidents, in general, have occurred frequently in China.
In the middle of the night on June 13, according to a video recorded by a resident in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, a Huawei store caught fire. Huawei’s new energy vehicle M5 placed in the shop burned down to only the frame. It was a new energy vehicle, the fire killed two people. Earlier, there was an accident where the plug at the Huawei car showroom exploded.
In addition, on June 11, two new energy vehicles in Heyuan City, Guangdong Province spontaneously caught fire while charging, and one of the vehicles burned down. Also at the end of June, a new energy vehicle was charging in Hefei city, Anhui province, suddenly smoked and then caught fire.
In another case, at about 20:00 on May 30, an electric vehicle suddenly caught fire while running at 207 Xudong Road, Wufeng Road Coal Mine Village, Yunyan District, Guiyang City. According to witnesses at the scene, more than a dozen fire extinguishers failed to put out the fire, leading to the battery on the vehicle exploding.
On the evening of April 6, at an electric vehicle charging station in Wuyi Road, Nanning City, a charging electric vehicle suddenly caught fire, the vehicle burned down unrecognizably. The electric vehicle that caught fire was the Ora brand owned by Hebei Great Wall Motors, and it was just over two years old.
Recently, BYD, China’s largest new energy vehicle manufacturer, also had many accidents where vehicles suddenly caught fire.
At noon on June 12, a new energy vehicle of BYD near Yinxia Plaza, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China, was suspected of spontaneously igniting.
On June 6, a BYD new energy vehicle suddenly caught fire on the road in Guigang, Guangxi, China. On the same day, a BYD new energy vehicle also spontaneously caught fire at the exit of a tunnel in Nanhai District, Foshan, Guangdong.
According to Sina Finance, from the beginning of this year to June, there were 42 cases of fire accidents of unknown cause related to BYD.
It is worth noting that in recent years, in addition to China’s massive advertising of new energy vehicles, major battery companies have also deployed globally to compete for lithium ore resources.
At the beginning of September 2017, Mr. Xin Guobin, Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology, revealed that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had started to stop the production and sales of traditional fuel vehicles. In June this year, a schedule to ban the sale of Chinese traditional fuel vehicles will be announced.