Ola Electric is recalling 1,441 units of electric two-wheel motors

Ola Electric is recalling 1,441 units of its electric two-wheeled motors in the wake of incidents involving vehicles that caught fire, according to the company. The company said their investigation into the March 26 fire incident in Pune is underway.

The company has commissioned world-class agencies to report on the incident, according to the company’s CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal. A preliminary assessment showed that it was an isolated.

But it said, “As a precautionary measure, we will carry out a detailed diagnostic and health check of the scooters in the specific lot and therefore issue a voluntary recall of 1,441 vehicles.”

Ola Electric added, “These scooters will be inspected by our service engineers and will undergo a thorough diagnostics across all battery systems, thermal systems as well as safety systems.” The company added that its battery systems are already compliant with and have been tested for AIS 156, the latest proposed standard for India, in addition to complying with the European standard ECE 136.

Several cases of customer complaints

Recently, there have been widespread incidents of electric two-wheeled cars catching fire in various parts of the country, forcing manufacturers to recall their vehicles.

In response to queries about the growing incidence of EV fire incidents in the last few months, Aggarwal said EV is a new industry for everyone, and skyrocketing the adoption curve led to these cases coming to light. “In electric vehicles, we all need to go through the curve to understand what is causing this, find out the right regulatory framework, the right political framework, the right best practices in companies and workers,” he added.

In addition to the EV fire incident in Pune, there have been several cases of customer complaints about Ola S1 Pro scooters. The latest is by Balwant Singh from Guwahati, who tweeted that a fault in the electric scooter’s brakes led to his son’s accident. Ola said, however, that the data with it does not point to such a fault in the scooter. Several other social media users have also said that their Ola scooter range suddenly dropped from below 40km to 0km without any warning.

Two other OEMs, Okinawa and Pure EV, have announced a voluntary recall of their e-scooters following the fire incidents reported in their vehicles. Earlier this week, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet that the government set up a committee of experts to investigate these incidents and make recommendations for remedial action. “If a company is found negligent in their processes, a large penalty will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will also be ordered,” Gadkari added.

Ola launches self-driving cars

The company is also doing its research and development on developing an electric car in early 2024 or late 2023. Aggarwal said Ola’s car to be exported outside India needs autonomous capacities. Otherwise, it will not be competitive in the market. He added that the company’s vision is to build electric vehicles for the masses.

“The origin of electrification happened in the West with companies like Tesla. They have done a good job in technological innovation, but their products are not relevant to Indian consumers. Anything beyond Rs. 50 lakh is a luxury in India. The same goes for for ASEAN, Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe and Western Europe.Our focus is on electrifying vehicles such as two-wheelers, small cars and medium-sized cars.India is a very good representation of this market.What we want to say internally is, that Tesla is for the West, Ola is for the rest, “Aggarwal added.

On asked if it is the right time to start working on an electric car while the company has not yet perfected its electric scooter. Aggarwal said the company believes they could build electric cars and scooters together without compromising on quality and customer focus in the two-wheeled industry. He also noted that Ola has a large team of high quality who are able to handle this.

Aggarwal confirmed that the IPO plans for Ola Electric’s sister unit, Ola Cabs, have been put on hold due to the global environment and market conditions that the company will soon bring back.

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April 24, 2022

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