Alarmed by a steady improve in electrical automobiles catching fires, Center points show-cause discover to EV producers like Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech, and Pure EV, amongst others warning them why penal motion shouldn’t be taken in opposition to them for delivering defective electrical two- wheelers to the general public. Reliable sources stated that the EV makers have been given time until July finish to reply intimately to the notices.
Once the responses are in, the federal government will resolve which penal motion is to be taken, if any, in opposition to the EV makers at fault. Last month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes underneath the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry, despatched notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their e-scooters exploded in April.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways can also be awaiting responses from EV makers on show-cause notices despatched to them. The preliminary findings from the government-constituted probe committee on EV fires additionally recognized points with battery cells or design in practically all the electrical two-wheeler hearth incidents within the nation.
The specialists discovered defects in battery cells in addition to battery design in practically all EV fires. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was earlier tasked with investigating electrical two-wheeler hearth incidents by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, additionally discovered severe defects within the EV two-wheeler batteries.
These defects occurred as a result of the electrical two-wheeler producers like Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric, and Boom Motors could have used “lower-grade materials to cut costs”, the DRDO probe had revealed.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has now issued new efficiency requirements for lithium-ion batteries to safeguard the customers amid the rising EV hearth episodes within the nation.
Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has already warned EV makers of strict motion if they’re discovered negligent. “If any company is found negligent in their processes, a heavy penalty will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will also be ordered,” he had tweeted.
(With inputs from IANS)