Highlights

  • Ola and Okinawa have faced multiple battery fire incidents recently
  • Experts said Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt gets heated faster, andis largely used in batteries in Indian e-scooters

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Half a dozen battery fires have raised questions on EV safety in India.

A burning issue of safety may lead to a recall of the much popular e-scooters by manufacturers such as Ola and Okinawa. As per reports the govt may direct these electric scooter makers to issue a recall after a series of fire incidents, unnamed sources told Livemint.

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On March 26, a video of a black Ola e-scooter engulfed in flames went viral on social media. The same day, another fatal fire involving a battery-powered Okinawa scooter reportedly killed a father and a child in Tamil Nadu. There have been 6 known incidents of e-scooters catching fire, 4 of which have been Ola.

Vehicles catching fire has been a concern globally. Battery fire risks caused General Motors to recall 100,000 cars, and Hyundai to recall 82,000 cars in 2021.

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