New Delhi, Auto Desk. There have been several incidents of fire in electric two-wheelers (EVs) in the country, in which there has been a lot of loss of life and property. Considering the seriousness, NITI Aayog member and scientist VK Saraswat has said that imported battery cells for electric vehicles can be the cause of fire incidents and emphasis should be given to manufacture the cells locally.

For information, let us tell you that the Central Government has already constituted a committee of experts to investigate the incident of fire in EV and after submitting its report, all defective vehicles will be ordered to be recalled. However, Saraswat has also made remarks against the investigating officers. He told PTI, “Battery technology is an emerging technology. India currently does not manufacture battery cells. We should set up our own cell manufacturing plant at the earliest. We must ensure that the cells we make are suitable for Indian conditions even in high temperatures.”

These reasons were held responsible for the fire

He said the fire could be caused by poor quality of the cells which are not designed for high temperatures and tropical climates. Therefore, the batteries being installed in the EVs available in the Indian market may not be suitable for Indian conditions. He also noted that there are some countries that have developed cells that can operate even at high temperatures.

There have been many incidents

If we talk about incidents in electric scooters, then the first incident happened in Ola S1 Pro electric scooter, in which smoke was seen coming out of the battery compartment of the scooter parked on the roadside which later turned into a massive fire. Thankfully no one was injured in the fire. In another incident, an Okinawa electric scooter caught fire in Tamil Nadu, killing the father and daughter.

Edited By: Sonali Singh