EV brands asked to halt new launches
– Call taken due to fire incidents
– Ola, Okinawa recalled its e-scooters
The Government of India has asked all-electric two-wheeler brands in the country to suspend the launch of new electric motorcycles and scooters.
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This development was communicated to all brands after a meeting that was called to discuss the recent fire incidents of some EVs. However, none of these brands was given written notice to do this. Everything was communicated verbally, including the decision to recall an entire batch of vehicles if one EV from that batch was involved in a fire accident.
As of now, various EV brands like Ola and Okinawa have recalled thousands of e-scooters to rectify the internal as well as software aspects of the scooter. Pure EV too has recalled some of their batches to rectify fire incidents.
We believe the government has taken a very good step and this should discourage a lot of brands from selling sub-par products, which ideally come from China. All EVs should be designed, developed and tested for the Indian market as this country offers a wide range of riding behaviour along with different terrains and temperatures.