E-scooters caught fire due to this
In the preliminary investigation, this team has cited faulty battery cell of almost all the scooters and fault in the battery design as the main reason for the fire. If media reports are to be believed, the experts from this team will now work individually with the electric vehicle manufacturers to resolve the related battery issues in the vehicles.
In a statement to IANS, Ola Electric said that they have appointed world-class agencies to investigate their electric scooters and find out the root cause of the fire. Ola, in the preliminary investigation, had expressed the possibility of the fire due to overheating of the battery. The company has also recalled 1,441 of its electric scooters for testing and testing in the wake of these incidents.
Compulsory insurance coverage may be required for e-vehicle
The Delhi High Court this week has issued notice to the Center and the Delhi government on a petition seeking directions for compulsory insurance for electric two-wheelers. Apart from the insurance coverage, the petition also sought the manufacturers to ensure reliable and long lasting battery in the vehicle.
New guidelines will be issued for e-vehicles
Last month, Nitin Gadkari had warned electric scooter makers that if a company lapses in procedures, “heavy fines will be imposed and all defective vehicles will be ordered to be recalled”. Gadkari had also said that the government would soon issue quality centric guidelines for electric vehicles.
Some people lost their lives due to fire
Let us tell you that till now some people have lost their lives due to fire in electric vehicles. An 80-year-old man was killed and two others injured when the battery of a pure EV electric two-wheeler exploded at his house in Telangana’s Nizamabad district. In another tragic incident involving an electric two-wheeler, a 40-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada died after an e-scooter from Boom Motors exploded while it was being charged at home. In this incident Kotakonda Shiv Kumar’s wife and two daughters were also seriously burnt.
So far, three Pure EVs, one Ola e-scooter, three Okinawa and 20 Jitendra e-scooters have caught fire in the country, raising questions about their safety. Several manufacturers have recalled entire batches of perishable scooters.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has denied media reports that claimed that the government has asked electric two-wheeler manufacturers to refrain from launching any new product in the market in view of the fire in electric vehicles.