Ola Electric, the popular cab hailing service’s electric vehicle company, has announced that it will recall over 1,400 units of its electric scooters in India due to recent fire occurrences. According to Reuters, a government probe into fires affecting the company’s electric scooters has forced the company to recall the e-scooters. Several incidents of electric scooters catching fire have surfaced in India. These incidents occurred not just with Ola Electric scooters, but also with Okinawa and Pure EV scooters. Okinawa has issued a recall for its electric scooters in India as a result of the fires.
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Overheating of battery of e-scooters in Indian summer is responsible for causing the majority of these events. The principal causes of these catastrophes are believed to be a lack of sufficient protections and design defects. As a result, the Indian road transport ministry has requested that the Centre for Fire, Explosive, and Environmental Safety (CFEES) conduct an inquiry into these instances in order to determine the root cause and prevent future accidents.
“We will be conducting a full diagnostics and health check of the scooters in that specific batch; and hence are issuing a voluntary recall of 1,441 units,” Ola Electric said in a statement.
However, the company also stated that the fire in one of its vehicles was an isolated incident; and that these recalls are merely a “pre-emptive step.”
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