Ola Electric Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal stated on April 23 that the company may recall a few batches of electric scooters based on the recommendations of the investigating agencies in determining the cause of the EV fires.
The founder of Ola Electric has assured that world-class agencies have been hired to investigate why the Ola electric scooter caught fire.
“We have commissioned world-class agencies on the root cause of the recent EV fire and what can be done better,” Aggarwal said. We may recall a few batches based on the recommendations we receive. We will work hard to maintain consumer trust, and we will keep an eye out for any flaws.”
His comments come as the Ola S1 scooter, a lower-priced variant, is set to be released this year.
However, Ola Electric has struggled with issues relating to the quality, delivery, and after-sales service of its scooters since deliveries began in December of last year.
Scooters from Ola Electric, Pure EV, Okinawa Scooters, and Jitendra Electric Vehicles have also caught fire in recent weeks, casting a pall over the prospects of a nascent but rapidly growing industry.
The government dispatched a team of experts to investigate the incidents on March 28. On April 7, it contacted the technical teams of Ola Electric and Okinawa Scooter to inquire about recent fires in their EVs.
All testing requirements for batteries, battery management, and cells are being updated in response to growing concerns about the safety of two-wheeler EVs as a result of previous fire accidents. The government is in discussions with the companies involved in the recent EV fires.
According to reports, these businesses are also being instructed on the procedures that must be followed in order to prevent future fires. It has also been stated that the government can provide EV manufacturers with instructions on what steps they must take if necessary. The government is also changing quality assurance and quality control criteria at the manufacturer level.