The electric vehicle revolution in India seems to have come to a halt. Reportedly, the Indian government is of the opinion that EV makers need to fix what is broken before launching any more vehicles. The electric vehicle market was witnessing a boom in electric vehicles before March. But the recent incidents of fire have raised eyebrows of some.
A report good It has been claimed by The Economic Times that the government has held a meeting with the producers regarding the recent developments. The meeting has been called by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways to discuss accidents, especially with electric two-wheelers.
A person with knowledge of the discussion claimed that the government has insisted that EV manufacturers should refrain from launching new vehicles at least until the increasing incidence of fire accidents is addressed. The government wants EV manufacturers to first point out the issue with the vehicles and then focus on addressing that problem.
Additionally, the government has asked electric two-wheeler manufacturers to conduct voluntary recalls for entire batches of scooters that had defective units. Some manufacturers have already announced voluntary recalls for select units. These companies include Ola Electric, Pure EV and Okinawa Autotech.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has also expressed concern over the increasing incidents. The minister also warned the manufacturers of penalties for any defect in their products. Within days, electric scooter manufacturers started announcing recalls for their vehicles.
The incidents coincided with the arrival of summer in the country. Some of the first cases were reported in late March. The EV was also catching the fire standing on the road. While the summer heat is showing no respite, we cannot be sure whether there is any end to these unfortunate incidents. Due to bad scooters, there may be a sudden drop in the demand for electric scooters.
Last week, NITI Aayog also came forward with its draft battery swapping policy, inviting stakeholders to suggest changes in the policy before presenting them on a wider scale.
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