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Opinion: We Did Begin The Hearth! | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Are the battery security norms for EVs in India actually protected? Avik Chattopadhyay wonders.

On March 26, two electrical scooters caught hearth in several elements of the nation. In a single case, a father and daughter misplaced their lives. There have been no less than 4 extra circumstances within the final six months. In every case, the automobile maker has promised a radical investigation, the outcomes by no means in public area. And we’re blissfully unaware of what occurs within the unorganised electrical three-wheeler phase.

Accidents are part of science, engineering, utility, and progress. But, steps are taken to make sure they’re minimised. Whereas automakers don’t have any management over utilization and functions, they actually are chargeable for construct high quality and reliability. They’re purported to foresee mechanical and digital failures, warn house owners of the identical, and bodily carry them again for checks and corrections. It’s a course of referred to as “recall”.

There’s a clear protocol about traceability and accountability. This must be utilized to all, legacy and new applied sciences, established and new gamers. If an ICE-based automaker should recall automobiles both by volition, or as a result of such an accident, so ought to an EV maker.

The fault doesn’t lie squarely on the automaker. It’s the collective accountability of the coverage makers, regulators, business associations and the automaker to make sure most shopper security.

Whereas we’re fussing over six airbags in automobiles, what precisely are the security norms for the EVs? I’m but to see a lot being written about the identical within the public area.

There are two regulatory requirements set by ARAI – AIS 048 for battery security, and AIS 156 for general 2W, 3W and quadricycles. The chart exhibits the main points. Whereas they’re strict on paper, we sincerely hope the identical with their compliance. Within the rush to get the nation electrified, are regulators permitting individuals to chop corners?

The incidents elevate two questions of how precisely an automaker is pulled up for accidents brought on by manufacturing defects, and is there an impartial forensics and audit physique that does the investigation? The solutions are required as a result of the “electrical automobile” is a brand new phenomenon in India and such incidents multiply the anxiousness and apprehension with EV adoption. Particular manufacturers additionally get dented within the course of. All of us keep in mind how fires performed a key function in damaging the Tata Nano’s picture.

Lastly, such situations reinforce the logic that every one kinds of automakers in India needs to be a part of just one business physique. Having a SIAM and an SMEV doesn’t make any sense particularly as all ‘legacy’ automakers shall be making electrical automobiles quickly sufficient. If SMEV has been shaped to carry up the reason for the EV, then there’ll quickly be an SMHV, for hydrogen automobiles.

For the sake of the buyer, all of us must work collectively to douse the hearth that we have now began!

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