Ola Electric, Okinawa, Pure EV under fire, government sends show cause notice


Alarmed by the relentless electric vehicle fires, the Center has now sent show cause notices to electric vehicle manufacturers like Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and Pure EV, among others, warning them why criminal action should not be taken against them. for delivering two faulty electrics. rollers to the public. Also Read – Ola Electric slips to fourth place as electric vehicle registrations drop amid fire fears: Check the details

Reliable sources said EV makers have until the end of July to respond to the notices in detail. Once the responses have been received, the government will decide what, if any, criminal action to take against the offending electric vehicle manufacturers. Also Read – Okinawa Electric Scooter Showroom Catches Fire in Mangaluru, Several Scooters Destroyed

Last month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which falls under the Union’s Department of Consumer Affairs, issued notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their electric scooters exploded in April. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is also awaiting responses from manufacturers of electric vehicles on the show cause notices sent to them. Also Read – Okinawa Announces Launch of Its Largest Electric Vehicle Factory in India: Check Details

Preliminary findings from the government-appointed EV Fire Inquiry Committee also identified battery cell or design issues in nearly all electric two-wheeler fires in the country. Experts have found faults in battery cells as well as battery design in almost all electric vehicle fires.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was previously tasked with investigating electric two-wheeler fires by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has also found serious faults in the batteries of the electric two-wheelers.

The defects arose because makers of electric two-wheelers like Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors may have used “substandard materials to cut costs”, the probe had revealed. DRDO.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has now released new performance standards for lithium-ion batteries to protect consumers from the rise in electric vehicle fire episodes in the country.

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has previously warned EV makers to take tough action if they are found to be negligent.
“If a company is found to be negligent in its processes, a heavy penalty will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will also be ordered,” he tweeted.


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