The last few weeks have been difficult for EV enthusiasts in India, which may be due to the ignition of several electric scooters. This has severely hit the ambitions of India’s electric car industry (which is expected to be valued at nearly $ 15 billion by 2027) as Indians become increasingly cautious when buying electric vehicles.
While Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, did I advise Manufacturers of scooters to withdraw defective batches of scooters, launched a formal investigation, the initial results of which have been announced. According to a Reuters reportthe government’s initial assessment says that the defective battery cells and modules are most likely behind those scooters that ignite on their own.
Incidents involving the ignition of electric scooters resulted in severe casualties – a father and daughter died in March from inhaling smoke after their electronic bicycle caught fire while charging at home at night.
Another time, Ola’s electric scooter caught fire in Pune, something Ola saw recall batch of 1441 scooters after investigation of vehicle fires. Okinawa Autotech similarly downloaded 3,215 units of its PraisePro electric scooters to fix battery issues.
In addition, about 40 two-wheelers manufactured by Jitendra EV caught fire during transport.
To eradicate the cause of these fires (and put an end to them), Minister of Road Transport and Highways Giridhar Aramane said he would investigate every incident, including all “problems and supplies, design, management, operations, battery production and electric vehicles. “
The investigation appears to have investigated the fires involving three companies, including Ola Electric, in which both the battery cells and the battery management system were identified as problems. For additional inspections, the government took cell samples from all three companies, with the other two being Okinawa and PureEV. Ola Electric uses LG battery cells in its scooters.
Problems with Okinawa battery cells and modules and the PureEV battery case have been identified.
With the early findings of the investigation, the government may also plan to install a mandatory battery cell testing process before these scooters are made available to the public. At the moment, however, India does not have the infrastructure to do this scale, something the government does. now looking to develop.