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India Transport Minister Warns EV Makers As Fires Spread

The government, which has set up an expert panel to probe the cause of fires, will soon issue quality-focused guidelines for electric vehicles and EV parts, the minister said


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A video grab of Jitendra EV Tech e-scooters going up in flames in Nashik, Maharashtra state.

 

India plans strict guidelines for companies to recall faulty electric vehicles while penalising them if they don’t voluntarily do so, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari warned in a series of tweets on Thursday.

The minister’s warning comes in the wake of a series of fires involving electric two-wheeler batteries across companies in the past two months, including a fatal incident that claimed one life and injured two others in Telangana district this week.

“If any company is found negligent in their processes, a heavy penalty will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will also be ordered,” Gadkari tweeted.

“Meanwhile companies may take advance action to recall all defective batches of vehicles immediately,” he added.

The government, which has set up an expert committee to probe the causes for fires, will soon issue quality-centric guidelines for EVs, the minister said.

 

  • Jim Pollard

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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