Case of electric vehicle fire: the government will create an SOP for the certification of batteries

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The government has formed a committee to formulate new guidelines for electric vehicles (EVs) and the sources say it is expected to submit its report by this month.

The Indian government has been alarmed by the increase in cases of electric vehicle fires in India. This led the government to form a committee to set up the standard operating procedure (SOP) on battery certification and quality control. This would help EV manufacturers develop efficient and safe products for consumers.

The committee includes experts from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Naval Science and Technology Laboratory, Andhra Pradesh and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, among others.

The panel was tasked with formulating an SOP for battery certification and testing and validation of key battery components, sources said.

The new standards will focus on traceability of foreign suppliers of battery cells and components.

The Center has previously sent show cause notices to electric vehicle manufacturers like Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and Pure EV, among others, warning them that criminal action should not be taken against them for delivering two-wheelers to the public. faulty electrics.

Manufacturers of electric vehicles have had time until the end of this month to respond in detail to the notices.

Once the responses have been received, the government will decide what, if any, criminal action to take against the offending electric vehicle manufacturers.

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.

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.

These flaws 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”, according to the former Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) probe. had revealed.

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