Electric scooter makers Ola, PureEV and Okinawa have recalled 6,656 vehicles in India “voluntarily”, according to a government source. Following incidents with light EVs catching fire in April, the government had advised the manufacturers to recall all defective batches immediately as a precaution or face a heavy penalty.
The official said Okinawa has recalled the maximum 3,215 vehicles followed by PureEV at 2,000. Ola has recalled 1,441 vehicles. Okinawa recalled the vehicles on April 16, PureEV on April 21 and Ola on April 23. An official investigation is to be carried out by a committee of experts comprising scientists from Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) and the Indian Institute of Science. The ministry will examine their recommendations and take suitable actions.
How long this will take remains open: “The committee will submit its report in due course. It has not been given any time limit,” the official said.
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