Ola’s electric scooter fire is one of a string of recent incidents that have sparked an uproar on social media and sparked an investigation by the Indian government.

India’s Ola Electric’s chief executive said at a private company event that more fires on electric scooters are likely in the future, but such incidents are rare after one of the company’s scooters caught fire in March, sparking safety worry.

Ola’s electric scooter fire is one of a string of recent incidents that have sparked an uproar on social media and sparked an investigation by the Indian government.

The company, backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group, recalled more than 1,400 electric scooters and appointed outside experts to investigate the cause.

“Will it happen in the future, it could happen,” CEO Bhavish Aggarwal replied when asked about the fire at a private event on Sunday.

“But our is that we will make sure that we analyze every single issue and if there are solutions, we will address them,” he said, according to a record of the incident reviewed by Reuters.

He described the fire as “very rare and isolated” in a recording of the event, in which the company previewed a new operating system for its electric scooters.

Fire safety in the automotive industry is a broader issue beyond electric vehicles (EVs), Aggarwal said, adding that gasoline-fueled vehicles require more quality control regulations than the electric vehicle industry.

Arun Kumar, chief financial officer of Ola Group, told Reuters that more petrol scooters were on fire than electric models, an issue relevant to the two- industry as a whole.

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Preliminary findings from a government investigation into electric scooter fires revealed problems with Ola’s battery and battery management system, Reuters reported last week, although the company said it had no problems with its battery management system.

Indian startups Okinawa and PureEV’s electric scooter fires are also under investigation.

“Sometimes, there can be some small defect in the battery, it can be something else, and that causes some internal short circuit,” Aggarwal said, adding that Ola has only had one accident out of 50,000 e-scooters on the road.

Ola imports its batteries from South Korea’s LG Energy Solution. Kumar said all companies should source parts responsibly and not from “unqualified Chinese suppliers”.

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