Xpeng G3 EV Fire Caused by External Ignition

XPENG G3 2020 edition (Source: XPeng)

Following the spontaneous ignition of one of Xpeng’s G3 vehicles in Guangzhou, on December 19, a subsequent investigation and tests revealed that the car’s battery was still intact and that it functioned normally. Further investigation later revealed that the cause of the fire was likely an excess of charcoal and lighters found just near the wreckage.

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After news of the fire emerged, Xpeng’s relevant personnel were dispatched to the scene to conduct testing, and cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation. The accident resulted in no casualties, but the police consider the investigation ongoing.

Electric car manufacturers have suffered problematic car fires before, with Tesla, NIO and BYD all experiencing previous difficulty with spontaneous combustion. However, it seems that this recent incident was not linked to Xpeng’s battery technology.