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Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

Sharing the information on his Twitter handle, Bhavish Aggarwal wrote, “Met today Mr. nitin_gadkari ji and discussed India’s potential to be the EV hub of the world and Ola’s plans. Showed him scooters! An electric revolution. Their belief in bringing this together and making sustainable mobility a reality is truly inspiring to us at OleElectric.”

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

The meeting comes days after the Center ordered a probe last month when an Ola electric scooter being used by a ride-hailing operator caught fire in Pune. According to the Ministry of Road Transport, the Center for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) was asked to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest remedial measures.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

The Government has also asked the CFEES to share the findings along with their suggestions on measures to prevent such incidents. The incident came to light after some videos of an e-scooter catching fire went viral on social media and users raised questions on the safety standards of the vehicles.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

So far, experts have been attributing such incidents to thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries. A thermal runway not only causes fire in electric vehicles, but it is equally difficult to extinguish.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

Electric vehicles have been around for a long time in India and sales of passenger and commercial electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers have grown rapidly over the years. If we look at the figures, there has been an increase of 370 percent in the sales of electric vehicles. The total electric vehicle sales in the financial year 2021-22 stood at 4,29,217 units, while during the financial year 2020-21 it was only 1,34,821 units. At the same time, in the financial year 2019-20, the total sales of electric vehicles were 1,68,300 units.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

According to the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), the retail sales of electric cars stood at 17,802 units during the last fiscal, which was more than three times as against 4,984 units in the financial year 2020-2021.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

Retail sales of electric two-wheelers stood at 2,31,338 units in the last financial year, which is five times higher than 41,046 units sold in the financial year 2020-21. Hero Electric led the segment with sales of 65,303 units capturing 28.23 per cent share in the domestic market. Bengaluru-based Ola Electric stood at the sixth position with sales of 14,371 units.

Ola Electric CEO meets Nitin Gadkari, discusses making electric scooters more secure

According to FADA, the total electric three-wheeler sales in the last fiscal stood at 1,77,874 units, more than two times from 88,391 units in the previous fiscal. In the last financial year, the sales of electric commercial vehicles increased to 2,203 units as compared to only 400 units in the financial year 2020-21.

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