EV manufacturers asked to halt all two-wheeler launches
On account of the recent e-scooters catching fire, Manufacturers of electric two-wheelers have been instructed by the government not to release new models until fires are examined.
The instruction was delivered to manufacturers during a conference convened by the ministry of roads, transport, and highways on Monday to examine the surge in fires using electric two-wheelers. If one of the scooters in a batch is involved in a fire, all-electric two-wheeler manufacturers have been urged to recall the whole batch.
Following a spate of incidents in which some lives were also lost, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari requested electric vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily recall defective electric two-wheelers last week. Ola, Okinawa and Pure EV allegedly recalled over 7,000 e-two-wheelers a week following Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari's call.
On Monday, during a meeting between EV manufacturers and top roads ministry officials, the vehicle recall orders were reinforced. The Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Association was also reminded of provisions in the Motor Vehicle Act that empower the Centre to issue mandatory recalls and impose fines on delinquent manufacturers.
The official quote also stated "Manufacturers who did not have incidents of electric two-wheelers catching fire have also been cautioned to take corrective actions on their sold vehicles. The roads ministry has asked EV makers to educate consumers about charging safety and how to prevent fire incidents."