Focus on safety, test batteries frequently in real time, experts say

Amid several cases of electric two-wheeler fires, experts said it was necessary to focus on safety and test the batteries frequently in real time. Experts added that any technology can only be better understood when it is tested and used in the real world.

“When we talk about electric vehicles (EVs), the battery is an essential technological component. It is important that there is good oversight and good safety surrounding the use of batteries used in lithium-ion batteries, which have enabled the transition to e-mobility,” said Rahul Walawalkar, Chairman of the Indi Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

Also, Sohinder Singh Gill, Managing Director of Hero Electric and Managing Director of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), raised an important question about what action to take on the batteries of scooters that are already with customers. “Deciding whether to live with or recall batteries that have already been sold to customers is necessary. Dealerships need to be equipped with the resources to periodically check customer batteries,” he said.

Gill added that electric vehicles need to give customers a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to battery protection. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) should not sweep the issue under the rug and should recall batteries if there are safety concerns.

Supporting Gill and Walawalkar, Som Kapoor, EY India, said testing in real conditions over a period of time is important for any new technology. “We can only understand any technology better when it is tested and used in the real world,” he said.

Gadkari had tweeted that the safety of every commuter is a priority for the government. “Several incidents involving electric two-wheelers have been uncovered over the past two months. If a company is found to be negligent in its processes, a heavy penalty will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will also be ordered,” Gadkari had said. . .

In recent weeks, nearly a dozen cases of electric scooters catching fire or being involved in it, including one by SoftBank Group-backed Ola Electric, raising safety concerns among some buyers.

Scooters involving Indian start-ups Okinawa and PureEV have also been implicated in fires.

The government has already launched an investigation into the fires and Gadkari said an expert committee has been formed to make recommendations on remedial action.


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