A fast charger serving BYD e6 taxis exploded in Hong Kong earlier this week, causing no injuries. The affected charging station was closed for investigation.
The accident happened just one month after BYD e6 taxi service was launched in Hong Kong. The EV maker, which was based in the neighboring city Shenzhen, said at the launch that 45 of its pure-electric model would be deployed in the former British colony and 47 chargers would be installed at nine stations. Before the explosion, the local e6 taxi fleet actually had only 10 cars.
The device that exploded was a high-voltage fast battery charger located in an area known as Ho Man Tin. An eye witness, a driver waiting to refuel his e6 cab, described a small blast and burning of the charger. The accident took place during a charging process. The driver of the e6 plugged in was not in the car at the time. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt.
Responding to questions about the accident, a spokesperson of BYD said that the minor explosion may be caused by a loose connection between the charger and the grid, which likely led to overheating and melting of the wall-mounted device. The company’s agency in Hong Kong has notified related departments of the government, which are expected to complete an investigation into the accident in a few days; it denied any signficant problems with e6’s battery or charging system.
The safety of BYD’s pure-electric car was in spotlight last year after an e6 taxi in Shenzhen was crashed and caught fire. Three people died in the accident.
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