6,600 EVs recalled by 3 manufacturers in April after fire incidents: Govt

Three electric two-wheeler manufacturers have recalled more than 6,600 vehicles in April this year, Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Paul Gurjar told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, responding to a question on incidents of electric scooters catching fire and action taken. Govt.

The minister said incidents of electric vehicle fires were reported in Tamil Nadu in March and Andhra Pradesh in April. In all these cases, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sent a notice to the chief executive of the manufacturer concerned.

A total of 6,656 electric two-wheelers have been recalled by manufacturers, Gurjar said. Okinawa recalled 3,215 units of vehicles on April 16, Pure EV recalled 2,000 units on April 21 and Ola Electric recalled 1,441 units on April 23, the minister said.

Asked about the impact of the fire incidents on sales of electric vehicles, the minister said, according to data available on the Vahan portal, “there has been no decline in sales of EVs.”

As specified in Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, testing of components of EVs is done as per relevant norms to ensure compliance. Based on the available fire accident data, Morth has issued show cause notices to the CEOs and MDs of the concerned two-wheeler electric scooter manufacturers to explain the reasons why the relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act should not be applied. To them,” the minister said.

On April 21, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari constituted an expert committee to look into EV manufacturing issues, especially those related to two-wheelers, and made recommendations for inclusion in the upcoming guidelines for EV manufacturers.

An expert committee was constituted with independent experts from DRDO, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore and Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) Visakhapatnam.

In another reply, the Ministry of Heavy Industries said a total of 13.3 lakh (13,34,385) electric vehicles were registered in India till July 14, of which Uttar Pradesh accounted for 3,37,180 (25.2%) EVs. Delhi is second with 1,56,393 EVs, followed by Karnataka with 1,20,532.

Regarding charging stations, under the FAME-I (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 520 EV charging stations, of which 479 have been installed since July 1. 81 charging stations have been installed in this. It is set up on four highways namely Delhi-Chandigarh, Mumbai-Pune, Delhi-Jaipur-Agra and Jaipur-Delhi.

Under FAME-II, the ministry has sanctioned 2,877 EV stations in 68 cities in 25 states/UTs, of which only 50 charging stations have been installed since July 1, the ministry said.

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