Ola recalls 1,441 EV two-wheelers to conduct diagnostics and health checks

ola recalls 1441 ev two wheelers

SoftBank-backed Ola Electric announced it would recall 1,441 of its electric scooters weeks after one of its EVs caught on fire, prompting a government probe into the incident.

Scooters from Indian start-ups PureEV and Okinawa have also been involved in fires, which analysts say could be an early setback for a budding sector that is key to Prime Minister NarendraModi’s climate and carbon reduction goals.

The Indian government launched an enquiry into the fires last month and formed a committee of experts to recommend strategies to tackle the problem. EV-maker Okinawa recalled 3,215 vehicles this month.

Ola Electric announced in a statement that they would conduct a detailed diagnostics and health check of their electric scooters in that specific batch and therefore were issuing a voluntary recall of 1,441 EV scooters.

The Indian government wants electric motorbikes and scooters to make up 80% of total two-wheeler sales by 2030. The current Modi-led administration is offering firms billions of dollars in incentives to make EVs in the country.

Ola Electric said it supported an EV safety policy, and a preliminary assessment of one of its EV going up in flames revealed the incident was an isolated one, adding that the recalls were pre-emptive in nature.