In the wake of fire incidents in electric two-wheelers, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday urged companies to take advance action to bring back all defective vehicles, even as he said that March There is some problem in EV battery due to increase in temperature in the month of April. The Union Minister also admitted that the country’s EV industry has just started and the government does not want to hinder it.
Gadkari said in the Raisina Dialogue that ‘But safety is the first for the government and there can be no compromise with the life of human beings’. Gadkari’s assertion is very important in the case of many incidents of fire in electric vehicles and death and serious injuries of people. Gadkari said that companies can take advance action to immediately recall all defective batches of vehicles.
He said that ‘the temperature rises in March-April-May, then there is some problem in the battery. I believe it is a temperature problem. He said that the government wants to popularize electric vehicles. Gadkari said, “We think the EV industry has just started. We don’t want to interfere with this. But safety is first for the government. In such a situation, no compromise can be made with the life of human beings.
Last week, Gadkari said negligent companies will be punished and all defective vehicles will be recalled and will be given after receiving the report of a special panel, which has been constituted to probe the matter.
The government had ordered an inquiry last month after an e-scooter launched by Ola’s electric mobility brand caught fire in Pune. According to the Ministry of Road Transport, the Center for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) has been asked to investigate the circumstances that led to the malfunction and also suggest measures. The ministry had also asked CFEES to share suggestions and measures to prevent such incidents.