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PHOTO CAPTION: BYD e6 destroyed in fatal collision and fire on 26 May 2012.

BYD e6 Taxi Fire Investigation Concludes Batteries Not At Fault

Force of twin collisions, one by sports car, second with tree caused massive electrical short that ignited interior materials in cabin, investigation concludes.

Published: 06-Aug-2012

na's government has cleared the electric battery involved in a deadly accident involving one of BYD Co Ltd's electric vehicles that caught fire, the Chinese automaker said on Friday.

A Nissan GT-R crashed into a BYD e6 taxi at high speeds in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on May 26, causing the electric car to catch fire and resulting in the death of the taxi driver and two passengers. News reports and photos of the crash were widely circulated in China, and BYD's shares fell to a seven-month low on May 28, the first trading day after the crash.

There had been speculation that the electric car's lithium-ion phosphate battery may have been to blame, but the Chinese battery and automaker, which is backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said on Friday that the Nissan Motor Co Ltd vehicle's high speed and the resulting collision were to blame instead. BYD cited a probe conducted by Chinese government officials.

"In the accident, the power batteries of such vehicle did not explode, 72 single-cell batteries (accounting for 75 percent of all the 96 power batteries) did not catch on fire," BYD said in a statement.

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