July isn’t getting off to a great start for electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo Inc, as the Ashland, Oregon company suffered a fire in the company’s R&D lab during the start of the month. The fire broke-out over the weekend of June 30th, as the EV company was doing extended testing to a lithium-ion battery pack.
Fortunately, Brammo’s automated sprinkler system was able to put out the blaze caused by the malfunctioning battery pack, but in the process caused roughly $200,000 in water-damage to equipment located in the facility.
Though a relatively minor event for Brammo, the news comes fresh on the heels of Boeing’s similar troubles with lithium battery packs, which ultimately grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet worldwide.
The good news for Brammo owners is that the pack in question was not a production model, nor a model headed into production, and instead was merely a unit that the company was evaluating. It probably goes without saying that Brammo will choose to go a different direction with its future battery choices.
The fire is not expected to cause any issues with Brammo’s production or R&D schedule, as the room was isolated from the rest of company’s Ashland headquarters, and Brammo has duplicate testing equipment that was stored outside of the lab in question, which it can use for its R&D efforts.
Source: KDRV & Brammo