Government to send show cause notices to e2W makers over fires: Nitin Gadkari

Due to recent electric two-wheeler fire incidents, the union Department of Transportation and Highways is issuing notices to CEOs and Managing Directors of e2W scooter manufacturers. The government is awaiting their answers, on which the rest of things will depend, according to a financial daily.

The show cause notices would ask business owners to respond to why they should be exempt from any penalties and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act for fires caused by faulty batteries, Gadkari said.

Attributing to the numerous electric scooters which have led to several injuries and even fatalities in some cases, the ministry sprang into action by forming an expert committee to formulate safety standards for batteries, BMS and related components and systems. in electric vehicles.

In April this year, the Gadkari-led ministry issued quality-focused guidelines for electric vehicles. “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,” reads Twitter.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has already released the performance standards for lithium-ion traction batteries, “IS 17855:2022”, following the fires.

Ignition electric vehicles have caused everyone to rethink the practicality of adopting electric vehicles and the government has been actively working on policies and initiatives to foster electric transport.

According to data from Vahan, the states of UP, Delhi and Maharashtra were early adopters with 3.37 lakh, 1.56 lakh and 1.16 lakh electric vehicles circulating on their streets, the India has a total of over 13.34 lakh electric vehicles registered.

Apart from all the events, EV sales continue to hit record sales and show no signs of a downtrend.

Also Read: Electric Vehicle Fires: Center Sends Show Cause Notice to Ola, Okinawa, Pure EV

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