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Moneycontrol Masterclass: Five most important questions on EV fires answered

We bring together some of the best EV experts to discuss safety features for the tropics, purchase decisions for customers, and why these mishaps are bad news for a sector that has been gaining traction.

April 25, 2022 / 03:58 PM IST

Why Are Electric Scooters Catching Fire? And How To Keep Them Safe?

The sales of electric vehicles saw a boom over the past year in India but the recent spate of battery-related fires in these vehicles has brought to fore the safety concerns among existing customers as well as prospective buyers.

In the backdrop of these incidents, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari issued a stern message to electric vehicle makers, asking them to proactively recall all defective batches of vehicles on an immediate basis. He also mentioned that they will issue necessary orders on the defaulting companies based on the recommendations of an expert committee looking into these matters, apart from releasing quality-centric guidelines for electric vehicles.

Companies that are found negligent in their processes will face a heavy penalty along with a mandatory recall of defective vehicles, he said.