In April 2022, Ola said that it was recalling more than 1,400 units of its electric scooters after several incidents of electric two-wheelers catching fire grabbed headlines. 4 people had lost their lives because of such accidents. According to Indian Express, one Ola electric scooter from a particular batch had burst into flames while it was parked on the roadside in Pune back in March. The entire batch of two-wheelers was then recalled.
Here’s a video from that incident:
Ola Electric scooter catches fire on Pune. Reason unknown.
— MotoWagon (@motowagon360) March 26, 2022
However, Ola founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal had a very light take on the accidents back then. According to Outlook, he had tweeted that “EV (electric vehicles) fires will happen. Happens in all global products too.”
Hence, recently when Bhavish Aggarwal took to Twitter to ask for suggestions on the kind of accessories consumers would like to have along with the Ola S1 – an electric scooter by the company which is to be sold at a little less than Rs 1 lakh in India, people came up with hilarious reactions.
What accessories would you like to have along with the Ola S1?
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) September 15, 2022
Immediately, several people online suggested fire extinguishers, fire-proof jackets, Burnol and what not! Have a look:
Fire extinguisher https://t.co/3Jhn4kqyEO
— Lalit (@LalitSingh_1) September 16, 2022
ahh proper road to drive 😎 https://t.co/UnQYS0dPXq
— Nikhil Verma (@nikhilverma2310) September 15, 2022
fire proof jacket https://t.co/mb2T74pJeK
— mazdur (@cinemaausher) September 15, 2022
A driver. https://t.co/LcuruRUBea
— Saumya Bhatnagar (@SaumyaB57295532) September 15, 2022
Lol. The first thing that came to my mind was Portable Fire Extinguisher. 😂 https://t.co/RbhcQ1TxLx
— Vignesh Mallya (@v_mallya) September 15, 2022
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— Bose (@_thebose) September 16, 2022
— Uddhav Parab (@UddhavParab263) September 15, 2022
a fireproof-suit for the time being and also a large fire-extinguisher if you may please! https://t.co/pRQPQr6YHg
— Biplov Belel (@biplovbelel) September 15, 2022
Medical kit, music accessories, drinking water. https://t.co/k6ADb4SBpu
— chandan singh (@chandanKsingh0) September 15, 2022
A working scooter that's true to its promises should be good https://t.co/xgTmUNI8RC
— pradip (@sahaprd) September 15, 2022
Ek paise ka ped https://t.co/oqw2E8Afqr
— Wannbe lekhak (@Samarth_DUBEY18) September 15, 2022
Agar ek fire extinguisher in built aa jata toh…. https://t.co/xNdBqxV3nG
— Rohan Ralli (@rhnralli68) September 15, 2022
Seeing the responses of so many people, it is evident that people want safety to be the first priority for Ola and not other fancy accessories.