The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) discovered major faults in the batteries, including designs of the battery packs and modules. While researching EV fire occurrences on behalf of the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry, they found these flaws.
According to the sources, two-wheeler evs catching fire because manufacturers might be using “lower-grade materials to minimise costs,” according to persons familiar with the situation.
The DRDO committee was investigating electric two-wheeler manufacturers like Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric, and Boom Motors.
The DRDO’s Centre for Fire, Explosive, and Environmental Safety (CFEES) has presented the Ministry it’s reports.
According to sources, the ministry has summoned representatives of these EV manufacturers and asked them to explain the results of the DRDO investigation.
Pure EV and Boom Motors received notices from the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which is part of the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry, after their e-scooters burst in April. The consumer watchdog is also investigating further e-scooter fires and will issue similar warnings to other EV manufacturers.
After the EV fire incidents, Pure EV and Boom Motors, as well as Ola Electric, Jitendra EV, and Okinawa Autotech, recalled problematic batches.
The preliminary results of the government-appointed EV fire investigation committee have already uncovered flaws with battery cells or design in virtually all of the country’s electric two-wheeler fires.
The group was formed in response to EV fires and e-scooter battery explosions. Nearly all EV fires had faults in battery cells and battery design, according to the experts. The government is currently working on new quality-focused EV rules, which will be released soon.
Until yet, at least 12 electric two-wheelers have exploded, and numerous EV manufacturers have recalled the problematic batches in response to mounting government pressure.
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