Shortly after Okinawa issued what was India’s first two-wheeler EV recall, Ola Electric has followed suit by announcing a voluntary recall of 1,441 S1 Pro electric scooters. Last month, one of Ola’s electric scooters erupted in flames in Pune which led to a wide-scale belief that EVs aren’t safe. Before issuing this recall, Ola Electric founder & CEO Bhavish Aggarwal revealed that the company has asked for the help of “world-class agencies” to determine the root cause behind that fire incident in Pune.
“As a pre-emptive measure, we will be conducting a detailed diagnostics and health check of the scooters in that specific batch and therefore are issuing a voluntary recall of 1,441 vehicles,” Ola said in a statement issued for the public.
The electric two-wheeler manufacturer further asserted that the battery pack installed in its scooters is already tested for AIS 156, the latest proposed standard for EVs in India. The statement also revealed that the battery pack is also compliant with ECE 136, the European standard. Ola has claimed that internal investigations regarding the fire incident are still ongoing but a preliminary statement revealed that the thermal runaway incident was, most, probably, an isolated one.
Ola Electric further said, “These scooters will be inspected by our service engineers and will go through a thorough diagnostic session across all battery systems, thermal systems as well as safety systems. We are doing an in-depth report, it will take a few weeks but we will share that with everyone. Our intent, Government’s intent and industry’s intent are to make sure consumer confidence on electrification remains high.”
These recalls come after Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari gave a stern warning to electric vehicle manufacturers that they should issue voluntary recalls to determine any issues or else face heavy penalties.