On Tuesday, Heavy Industry Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar said the government is very cautious about the safety standards of electric vehicles and has set up an expert committee to deal with safety-related issues. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister said that an expert committee has been established with independent experts from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the Indian Institute of Science (DRDO) IISC) Bengaluru and Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL) Visakhapatnam.
A committee of experts has been tasked with addressing recent issues related to the safety of electric vehicles.
“Inspection of components for electric vehicles is carried out according to relevant standards, as set forth in Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicle Code, 1989 to ensure compliance,” said Gurjar.
The minister informed the House of Commons that three manufacturing companies had recalled electric vehicles due to safety concerns.
On Monday, Ather Energy co-founder and CEO Tarun Mehta speak that electric two-wheelers are mainstream and that such incidents will only help manufacturers focus on quality, thus helping the industry grow.
The Hero MotoCorpThe company backs expectations that by the end of the decade up to 30 million electric two-wheelers will be sold in India, and Ather Energy will invest “much more” in capacity growth over the next few years.
He told PTI: “What’s happened recently has made the industry mature. This will push more and more manufacturers to focus more on quality and reliability.”
Mehta answered questions about electric two-wheeler fires from various manufacturers, such as Ola Palace, Okinawa, PureEVand even the sole case of Ather, will affect the growth of electric vehicles in India.