BYD e6 Taxi Charging Station Catches Fire in Hong Kong for Unknown Reason

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

BYD e6 Taxi in China

BYD e6 Taxi in China

Though instances of fires related to electric vehicles are extremely rare, BYD was dealt its second incident when one of its charging stations went up in a blaze.

e6 Taxis In Hong Kong

e6 Taxis In Hong Kong

The particular charger that caught fire was one in Hong Kong where BYD has a fleet of e6 taxis.

According to Link Management, the fire occurred in parking lot that solely services BYD’s electric taxi fleet.  Link Management immediately suspended use of all 13 chargers until BYD pinpoints the exact problem.

It’s not known at this time if an e6 taxi was charging when the station caught fire, though we feel it’s reasonably safe to assume that was the case.

Contrary to the statement issued by Link Management, BYD says a charger overheated and started to smoke, but never caught fire.

Fortunately, nobody was injured.

This incident for BYD comes 13 months after an e6 taxi caught fire after a collision in China.  In that instance, 3 individual lost their lives.

BYD hopes to expand its taxi fleet in Hong Kong from today’s 10 to 48 soon, but we’re guessing those plans may be put on hold now.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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4 responses to "BYD e6 Taxi Charging Station Catches Fire in Hong Kong for Unknown Reason"

  1. Suprise Cat says:

    Did they also suspend all gasoline taxis when a gas station starts burning?

  2. io says:

    Only when events like this don’t make the news anymore will they actually deserve our attention…

  3. Bob Wallace says:

    This is a real POS job of reporting.

    The people killed in the BYD taxi incident died when their vehicle was hit by a gasmobile traveling at very high speed.

    A fire started in the EV after the wreck. An electrical short ignited interior materials.

    The fire eventually spread to the car’s battery pack. The battery pack partially burned, most of the batteries didn’t.

    The parking lot fire – “we feel it’s reasonably safe to assume that was the case.”.

    We have no confidence in your objectivity.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Thanks for some additional background Bob, but we don’t really see how we failed to report on the basics of that incident….or how our objectivity came into play at all; it seems like a fairly straight-forward report.

      From the article:

      “This incident for BYD comes 13 months after an e6 taxi caught fire after a collision in China. In that instance, 3 individual lost their lives.”