Hero Electric led the EV two-wheeler segment, selling 8,952 vehicles throughout the month, followed by Okinawa Autotech with 8,094 vehicles, the latest VAHAN data revealed.
Aether Energy sold just 1,279 EV two-wheelers in the entire month of July as against 3,829 vehicles sold in June – a big drop in numbers – followed by Ola Electric which sold 3,852 vehicles out of 5,891 vehicles in June.
Ampere Vehicles Private Limited, which sold 6,542 vehicles in June, saw a marginal decline of 6,312 vehicles last month.
According to industry experts, the decline in EV two-wheeler sales is due to consumer apprehension regarding the safety of EV two-wheelers in light of several incidents of battery fires and explosions in the recent past.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had told Parliament last month that show-cause notices had been sent to all EV two-wheeler companies whose vehicles caught fire due to battery problems.
The ministry constituted an expert committee to recommend safety standards for batteries, battery components and related systems.
Based on the available information on the fire incidents, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued show cause notices to the CEOs and MDs of the respective electric two-wheeler manufacturers, to explain the reasons why the respective motor vehicles Section why action should not be taken against them.
The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, said this week that it has issued four orders in light of several complaints raised by consumers over incidents of battery explosions and fires. issued notices to five EV two-wheeler manufacturers. .
The CCPA received several complaints from buyers of EV two-wheelers.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has also been informed. DRDO investigations have revealed defects in battery cells as well as battery design in almost all EV fires.
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