Medilytix Bureau:

Central Government us mulling to revise the norms for electric two-wheeler batteries after series of reporting of electric two-wheeler fires across the nation.

“We will revise standards for cell, testing norms for batteries, and battery management. Initial reports suggest that the fires are a result of the cells in the batteries catching fire after they cross a certain temperature”, said a senior government officer in teh know. As per indications, the new norms are likely to focus on safety features along with ensuring higher production, cell and battery storage and recharging standards.

The government is not thinking of ordering a recall of electric two-wheelers at this moment, and would instead wait for reports from the fact-finding probes into recent fires being conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and a DRDO lab.

Giridhar Aramane, Secretary of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways had said that the government is committed to the safety of consumers and will take corrective measures in the next few days as per media reports.

Nearly half a dozen incidents of electric scooters catching fire have been reported in the last thirty days across India. On April 9, as many as 20 vehicles of Jitendra New EV Tech loaded in a container in Nashik, Maharashtra, caught fire. Other EV makers whose vehicles have been involved in such accidents include Ola Electric and Pure EV.

The sale of electric vehicles in India had witnessed a three-fold jump last fiscal with two-wheelers leading the segment. In the financial year 2021-22, as many as 429,417 electric vehicles were sold, as compared to 134,821 units in 2020-21.

(Inputs from Agency)

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