Faulty EV Battery Materials Behind EV Fire Incidents, Says DRDO

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The DRDO was tasked with investigating into EV fire incidents by the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry

Following repeated incidents of EV fire incidents in the country since the beginning of the year, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has found serious defects in the batteries, including designs of the battery packs and modules as the culprit.

The DRDO was tasked with investigating into EV fire incidents by the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry.

According to sources aware of the developments, these defects occur because the electric two-wheeler manufacturers like Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors may have used “lower-grade materials to cut costs”. They said that the ministry has now summoned representatives of these EV manufacturers, asking them to submit an explanation on the DRDO report findings.

Earlier this month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes under the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry, sent notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their e-scooters exploded in April.

The consumer watchdog is also examining more cases of e-scooter fires and will serve similar notices to other EV makers too.

Pure EV and Boom Motors along with Ola Electric, Jitendra EV, and Okinawa Autotech, recalled faulty batches after the EV fire incidents were reported.

The preliminary findings from the government-constituted probe committee on EV fires have already identified issues with battery cells or design in nearly all of the electric two-wheeler fire incidents in the country.

The government is now working on new quality-centric guidelines for EVs that will be unveiled soon.

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