No govt-initiated halt on new electric two-wheeler launches

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The road transport highways ministry has clarified that there has been no halt initiated by the government on the launch of new electric two-wheelers as some media reports suggested. “A section of media has reported that MoRTH has asked electric two-wheeler manufacturers not to launch new vehicles till instances of fire are investigated. The Ministry wishes to clarify that there is no such instruction and such reports are unfounded, misleading and far from truth,” the minstry stated in a tweet.
Owing to the electric scooter fire incidents reported over the past few months, the government has had to set up an investigative committee to solve the mystery of spontaneously combusting scooters. Earlier this week, MoRTH had an interaction with several electric two-wheelers brands where it had asked the manufacturers to investigate the fire incidents and also voluntarily recall faulty batches.
Rejecting claims by some media reports that the ministry had verbally asked two-wheeler manufacturers to stop any EV launches, a top official said, “There was no such mention at all. We simply asked them not to sell any defective vehicle.”
But sources said no such instruction was issued. In recent months, a lot of news about electric scooters has come to light. The spotlight fell on these concerns when an Ola S1 Pro was filmed on fire and video did rounds across social media in the country. There was another unfortunate incident in Tamil Nadu where a father and daughter duo lost their lives in a fire started in an Okinawa electric scooter. There have been a number of PureEV scooters that caught fire as well.





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