According to a member of the National Institute of Technology, imported battery cells might not be suitable for Indian conditions

According to a member of the National Institute of Technology, imported battery cells might not be s ...

Amid a series of explosions, Niti Aayog Member and distinguished scientist V K Saraswat said battery cells imported for electric vehicles "may not be" suitable for the country''s conditions, highlighting the need for locally producing the cells. Aside from the authorities investigating such incidents, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has recently asserted that a recall of all defective vehicles will be ordered following the submission of its report.

In recent times, there have been several incidents of electric vehicles (EVs) caught fire and resulted in fatalities as well as serious injuries to individuals.

"Battery technology is transforming. India does not produce battery cells for the time being.

"We should establish our own cell manufacturing plants at the beginning. We should make sure that whatever cells we manufacture are suitable for high temperatures in India," Saraswat told PTI.

Saraswat, who is also a former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), believes the fires might have been attributed to poor performance of cells that aren''t suitable for high temperatures and tropical climates.

"What (battery) cells India is getting may not be suitable for Indian conditions, so what is important is that when we import cells, we should conduct our own testing and screening system," he said.

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Auerdem he noted that certain countries have developed cell devices that can be used at extremely high temperatures.

Saraswat said that "what we are seeing is that the type of accidents which are taking place will certainly affect the penetration of batteries into the automobile industry."

Nitin Gadkari, a former politician known for his open statements, said that the negligent companies would be penalised and a recall of all defective automobiles will be ordered after a competent panel submits its findings.

After an e-scooter from Ola''s electric mobility business was launched in Pune, the government ordered a probe.

According to the ministry, the Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) has been ordered to investigate the incidents of electric vehicles caught in the vehicle and provide remedial solutions.