Amid incidents of burning two-wheeled electric vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday urged companies to take early action to recall all damaged vehicles, though he said there were some problems with EV batteries as temperatures rose in March, April and May. .
The Road Transport and Highways minister also acknowledged that the country’s EV industry was “just getting started” and stressed that the government did not want to put up barriers.
“But security is the highest priority for the government and there can be no compromise with human lives,” Mr Gadkari said at the Raisina Dialogue here.
His comments were considered important against the backdrop of several incidents of Electric Vehicle (EV) burning and resulting in death as well as serious injuries to the public.
During the interactive session, Mr Gadkari reiterated that the company may take early action to recall all groups of damaged vehicles immediately.
“In March-April-May, the temperature went up, then there was a bit of a problem with the battery (EV). I felt it (the burning electric two-wheeler) was a (high) temperature problem,” he said.
The minister of road and highway transport stated that the government wants to make EVs popular.
“We understand that the EV industry is just beginning. We don’t want to put up barriers. But safety is the highest priority for the government and there can be no compromise with human lives,” Gadkari stressed.
Last week, Gadkari, known for his honest views, said companies found negligent would be penalized and a recall of all damaged vehicles would be directed after receiving the report of an expert panel that had been formed to investigate the matter. .
The government ordered an investigation last month after an e-scooter launched by a train operator, Ola’s electric mobility arm caught fire in Pune.
The Center for Fire Explosion Safety and the Environment (CFEES) has been asked to investigate the situation leading up to the incident and also recommend remedial measures, according to the road transport ministry. The ministry has also asked CFEES to share the findings along with its recommendations on measures to prevent such incidents.
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