A taxi made by Chinese electric car maker BYD caught fire after an accident in Shenzhen last week, killing three people. The BYD taxi, one of the company’s E6 all-electric cars, was hit at the back by a speedy Nissan GT-R sports car and caught fire immediately. The driver and two passengers were not able to escape and died inside the burning car. The drunken GT-R driver with 3 hot chicks onboard survived from the crash. The crash marks the first time an all-electric car catching fire has resulted in casualties. The entire event was recorded by witnesses, with photos and video clip being posted on the internet …
The accident has prompted concern over the safety of electric cars that is made-in-china. BYD said that it is investigating the incident, but that it cannot draw any conclusions at this point. Internet users suspected that the battery was the first part of the car to ignite. Electric vehicles have been used as public buses in Shenzhen, in addition to taxis. Chinese car owners are now increasing fear of the green technology. Some voices on the internet have called for the authorities to re-evaluate the safety of all-electric cars. Local media has criticized the auto companies, saying they were too eager to sacrifice safety for profits.
BYD, the well-known Chinese manufacturer for automobiles and rechargeable batteries, is one of the Chinese supplier for Apple. Warren Buffet had invested in the company’s electric car business during 2009. The car burning accident has caused a great impact on BYD’s reputation, the public are now suspecting the safety of its batteries components and the approval of their technologies on electric car.
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