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Tragic Accident in Uttarakhand Claims Lives During Trial Run of Pravaig Interceptor Electric SUV

In a devastating incident during the trial run of the Pravaig Interceptor, an electric SUV developed by a Bengaluru-based startup, four individuals lost their lives, and a woman warden is reported missing in Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve. The accident occurred when the electric SUV, known for its powerful performance, lost control during off-road terrain testing.

Key Details:

  1. Fatalities and Missing Warden:
    Two forest rangers lost their lives in the accident, along with two others, while a woman warden is currently missing. The driver and a co-passenger in the front survived the crash.
  2. Cause of the Accident:
    The tragic incident unfolded when the Pravaig Interceptor was accelerating at a speed of 70 kmph during off-road testing. A sudden burst of the tire led to the loss of control, causing the vehicle to collide with a tree and crash into an embankment wall.
  3. Details of the Pravaig Interceptor:
    The Pravaig Interceptor is an electric SUV built on the Defy luxury SUV platform. It features dual 150 kW permanent magnet synchronous motors, generating 403 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. With impressive acceleration (0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds) and a top speed of around 210 kmph, it is known for its high-performance capabilities.
  4. Driver Blames Forest Department:
    The driver, who survived the accident, has blamed forest department officials for the incident. Allegedly, the forest rangers and others who were standing in the rear of the vehicle faced severe consequences due to the burst tire.

Investigation and Aftermath:

The incident has raised concerns about the safety protocols during such trial runs and the circumstances leading to the tragic outcome. Investigations are expected to shed light on whether there were lapses in safety measures or any unforeseen factors contributing to the accident. The aftermath of the incident emphasizes the importance of stringent safety standards in vehicle testing, especially in challenging terrains.

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