The last few weeks have been difficult for EV fans in India, which can be attributed to the fact that several electric scooters caught fire. This has hit hard on India’s EV ambitions and industry (which by 2027 will be valued at nearly $ 15 billion) as Indians are increasingly afraid to buy electric cars.
While Nitin Gadkari – India’s Minister of Transport – did advises Scooter manufacturers have recalled faulty batches of scooters, a formal investigation has been launched, the initial results of which are reported. According to Fr. Reuters reportan initial government assessment says faulty battery elements and modules were most likely the cause of these scooters catching fire on their own.
Incidents involving the fire of electric scooters have resulted in severe casualties – a father and his daughter died in March from inhaling smoke after their e-bike caught fire when it was charging at night at home.
Another time an Ola electric scooter caught fire in Pune that saw Ola to remind party of 1441 scooters after investigating car fires. Similarly, Okinawa Autotech has recalled 3,215 units of its PraisePro electric scooters to fix battery issues.
In addition, about 40 two-wheeled Jitendra EV cars caught fire during transportation.
To eradicate the causes of these fires (and put an end to them), Minister of Road Transport and Roads Giridhar Aramane said they would consider every incident, including all “problems and procurement, design, management, operation, production of batteries and electric vehicles.”
It seems that the investigation investigated the fiery cases involving three companies – including Ola Electric, in which case problems were identified with both the batteries and the battery management system. For further inspections the government took cell samples from all three companies, the other two being Okinawa and PureEV. Ola Electric uses batteries from LG in its scooters.
Problems were found with Okinawa cells and battery modules, as well as with the PureEV battery case.
Once the early findings of the investigation are received, the government may also plan to establish a mandatory battery testing process before these scooters are offered to the public. However, India currently lacks the infrastructure for this scale that the government has. seeks to develop now.