Road ministry orders probe into Ola, Okinawa EV fire incidents

New Delhi,30/3: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday ordered a probe into the recent incidents of Ola Electric and Okinawa electric scooters catching fire.

The news raised fresh concerns about the safety of electric vehicles and could make more Indians stay away from investing in them until there was more clarity, experts said.

“Despite over three decades of research in lithium-ion technology, the safety of these systems in hot and humid areas is not guaranteed. The Indian consumer is still not ready to switch over to electric mobility wholeheartedly, and instances of fires and loss of lives will certainly push the consumer further away from new technologies,” said Ashwini Kumar, a climate advocate and a green hydrogen expert.

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