Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari asked electric vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily recall defective EVs & also stated that quality-centric rules for electric vehicles will be issued soon. In the last two months, an Expert Committee has been formed to investigate catastrophes involving electric vehicles.
Through his Twitter account, Gadkari today said, “We have constituted an Expert Committee to enquire into these incidents and make recommendations on remedial steps.”
“Based on the reports, we will issue necessary orders on the defaulting companies. We will soon issue quality-centric guidelines for Electric Vehicles,” Gadkari said.
We have constituted an Expert Committee to enquire into these incidents and make recommendations on remedial steps.
Based on the reports, we will issue necessary orders on the defaulting companies. We will soon issue quality-centric guidelines for Electric Vehicles.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) April 21, 2022
“It is really sad that some individuals have lost their lives and several have been injured in these instances,” the minister added, referring to several disasters involving electric two-wheelers that have come to light in the last two months.
If any corporation is found to be careless in their methods, Gadkari indicated that a severe penalty will be applied, as well as a recall of all defective automobiles.
Further, Gadkari said “meanwhile, companies may take advance action to Recall all defective batches of vehicles immediately. Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, our government is committed to ensure safety of each and every commuter.”
The government requested an investigation last month when an Ola Electric caught fire in Pune, raising safety worries. The Centre for Fire, Explosive, and Environmental Safety (CFEES) was tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and recommending possible solutions. CFEES was also asked to share its findings as well as recommendations for preventing such mishaps.