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Govt sends show cause notices to Ola Electric, Okinawa and other electric scooter makers

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Concerned over the incidents of unabated EV fires, the Center has now sent show cause notices to EV makers like Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and Pure EV, warning them as to why punitive action should not be taken against them for giving faulty electric two- Wheel for the masses.

Reliable sources said the EV manufacturers have been given time till July-end to respond to the notice in detail. Once the response comes, the government will decide what penal action, if any, is to be taken against the EV manufacturers in error.

Last month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes under the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, had sent notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their e-scooters exploded in April. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is also awaiting the response of the EV manufacturers on the show cause notices sent to them.

Preliminary findings of a government-constituted inquiry committee on EV fires identified issues with the battery cell or design in almost all electric two-wheeler fire incidents in the country. Experts found defects in battery cells as well as battery design in almost all EV fires.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was earlier tasked by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to probe into incidents of fire in electric two-wheelers, also found serious defects in EV two-wheeler batteries.

The DRDO investigation revealed that these defects occurred because electric two-wheeler manufacturers such as Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors used “low-grade materials to cut costs”. It is possible

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has now released new performance benchmarks for lithium-ion batteries to protect consumers amid rising number of fire incidents in electric vehicles in the country.

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has already warned EV manufacturers of strict action for negligence.
He had tweeted, ‘If any company is found to be negligent in its process, then heavy fine will be imposed and all defective vehicles will also be ordered to be recalled.

IANS

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