The government admits it made a mistake by not taking measures to ensure the safety and quality of electric vehicles, which led to several fires in India


  • The government has admitted that it had “made a mistake” and that it had not done enough to guarantee standards of safety and quality of electric vehicles.
  • This comes after several cases of electric scooters catching fire.
  • The government has called on the industry to focus on product quality.

In one case too little too late, the Minister of State for Road Transport, Motorways and Aviation admitted that the government had “made a mistake” in not taking steps to ensure the safety and quality of lithium batteries.

The statement comes after several electric scooters reportedly caught fire in the country in recent months. There have been at least six deaths from fires caused by electric vehicles in the country in the past six months.

According to a report by the Economic Times, General (Retired) VK Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Aviation, has asked the industry to focus on product quality and has admitted that the government had not done enough to ensure adequate safety and security standards. quality of electric vehicles in the country.

“We are aware that we have had issues with electric batteries, especially two-wheelers,” Singh said. “I think we made a mistake in not going into detail about what can be done, what kind of regime can go in so that safety management and quality issues can be taken together,” a- he added.

As the ministry works to resolve the issues, Singh called on the industry to ensure the issues are addressed. “There is a need for the industry, as well as all others who apply, to ensure that the problems are addressed. On the ministry side, we are taking steps to establish more guidelines so that security measures are adequate, and we don’t do the type of incidents that we’ve had in two-wheelers in the recent past.

Major companies whose e-scooters are believed to have caught fire include Whoa, Okinawa, Pure EV and Jitendra EV. So far Ola, Pure EV and Okinawan recalled around 6,700 electric scooters after the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
warned electric vehicle makers that the government would heavily penalize errant companies.

The Center for Fire, Explosives and Environment Safety (CFEES) had been tasked with investigating the circumstances leading to the incident and also proposing corrective measures, according to the Ministry of Road Transport.

The ministry had also asked the CFEES to share the findings as well as its suggestions on measures to prevent such incidents.

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