Government Vigilant on EV Safety, Experts at Work: MoS Krishan Pal Gurjar

Image source: PIXABAY.COM. Sales of electric vehicles down in India.

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  • The government is extremely vigilant on the safety standards of electric vehicles, the minister informed
  • He said of 6,656 electric vehicles recalled, Okinawa Autotech recalled 3,215 units, etc.
  • The data came as Ather Energy sold just 1,279 electric two-wheelers for the whole of July

Electric vehicles: As sales of two-wheeled electric vehicles plummet amid battery fire fears, Okinawa Autotech, PureEV and Ola Electric have recalled 6,656 vehicles after battery explosion incidents spiked in the country, a informed the government, saying it is extremely vigilant about the safety standards of electric vehicles and the experts are at work.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Krishan Pal Gurjar, said the government had taken serious note of incidents of battery explosions in electric two-wheelers and that a group experts took care of it.

The minister informed that out of 6,656 electric vehicles recalled, Okinawa Autotech recalled 3,215 units, PureEV recalled 2,000 electric vehicles and Ola Electric recalled 1,441 units.

“The Panel of Experts has been tasked with tackling recent issues related to the safety of electric vehicles. Testing of electric vehicle components is carried out in accordance with relevant standards, as specified in Rule 126 of the Central Vehicle Rule Automobiles, 1989 to ensure compliance,” Gurjar informed.

The expert committee was “composed of independent experts from Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam to tackle to recent issues related to the safety of electric vehicles,” the minister said in his response.

He said the government is vigilant about safety standards for electric vehicles.

Decline in EV saless:

The data came as Ather Energy sold just 1,279 two-wheeled electric vehicles for the whole of July after selling 3,829 vehicles in June – a massive drop in numbers – followed by Ola Electric which sold 3 852 vehicles out of 5,891 vehicles in June.

The drop in electric two-wheeler sales, according to industry experts, is due to consumer fears about the safety of electric two-wheelers in light of several fires and battery explosions in the recent past.

Last month, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told parliament that all of these electric two-wheeler companies had received show cause notices whose vehicles had caught fire due to fuel problems. battery.

The ministry has established a committee of experts to propose safety standards for batteries, battery components and related systems.

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which falls under the Department of Consumer Affairs, said this week that it had issued notices to four to five manufacturers of electric two-wheelers in light of several complaints lodged by consumers. consumers regarding battery explosions and fires. .

The CCPA has received several complaints from buyers of electric two-wheelers.

(With IANS entries)

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