Yesterday, a BYD Atto 3 caught fire while plugged in to a DC fast charger outside a supermarket in Thailand. The car is still using its temporary red registration plate, which in Thailand, means that the car is less than 6 months old (owners of new cars have a 6-month grace period to register their car).
The fire and rescue department came and put out the fire, which originated from the frontal part of the vehicle – where the inverter, coolant piping, 12V auxiliary batttery, and high voltage cabling are located.
To quell speculations, local distributor BYD Rever Thailand issued a press statement earlier today.
The company said that engineers from Rever and BYD have been investigating the damaged vehicle since last night, and that it is waiting for results of the technical inspection. The vehicle is now being disassembled to determine the root cause of the fire.
“BYD and Rever are aware of this incident. We will find out the cause in full honesty and will not distort any information for commercial gains. If an abnormality within the vehicle is found to be the cause, Rever will accept responsibility and will compensate for the damages incurred,” said a translated copy of the Thai language announcement by BYD Rever Thailand.