Recently, after the electric scooter caught fire, the government seems to be in the mood for action. Government may ask Ola and Okinawa to take back electric scooters. Sources related to the matter have given this information. In the last three weeks, four scooters of Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and Pure EV have caught fire. In one incident, a father-daughter scooter caught fire in Okinawa, Tamil Nadu. This poses a threat to the consumers of Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The Ministry of Road Transport has recently launched an inquiry into these incidents of fire. These fire incidents can affect not only the companies but also the sales of electric vehicles in India. Efforts to become the electric vehicle and battery hub of the country can also be derailed.
“We have ordered an expert inquiry into the incidents of fires in electric vehicles in the last two months,” said Girdhar Armaan, secretary, ministry of road transport and highways. We will take necessary action after getting the report.
Sandeep Kejriwal, co-founder of Virtual Forest Pvt Ltd. This reflects the disadvantages of using imported equipment to capture a greater share of the rapidly growing EV market. The government must enforce strict safety, quality and testing standards. Consumers also need to be educated about the dos and don’ts given the climatic conditions of the country.