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Electric scooter fire incidents will help the industry mature faster according to Ather Energy CEO Tarun Mehta. According to Tarun Mehta, these EV fire incidents will push more EV makers to focus more on the quality of the EVs they are building. As a result, the entire industry will mature.
The electric vehicle industry in India is on an upward growth trajectory. More people are buying electric vehicles and this is a good sign. There are several brilliant electric cars in India. However, they are all pretty expensive and the actual touch points for the commoner in the EV industry are electric scooters.
There are several electric scooters that are affordable and a few which are on the expensive side as well. Electric scooters have been selling in large numbers and these numbers are increasing by the day. However, the EV industry hit a spot of bother when multiple electric scooter fires were reported across the country.
Some brands like Ola Electric, Pure EV, and Okinawa faced criticism because some of their scooters went up in flames. Even an Ather scooter burst into flames at one of their dealerships when it came in for some repairs.
In the light of these fires, Minister for Highways and Transport, Nitin Gadkari ordered an investigation and warned EV manufacturers of stringent penalties if they were found negligent. Ola Electric recalled 1,441 units of its electric scooters, while Pure EV recalled around 2,000 units of its ETrance and EPluto 7G models.
As a result of these fires, extra precautions are being taken in the EV industry and manufacturers are paying extra attention to the quality. This is exactly how the EV fires will lead to the maturing of the industry, according to the Ather Energy Co-Founder and CEO.
Tarun Mehta was quoted as saying, "What has happened recently, I think, has ended up maturing the industry. This will push more and more manufacturers to focus more on quality and reliability."
He also has very high hopes for the EV industry and believes that 30 million electric two-wheelers will be sold in India by 2030.
Thoughts On Ather Energy CEO Saying EV Fires Will Mature The EV Industry
Ather Energy is one of those brands that pioneered electric mobility in India with a high-speed electric scooter. Ather's scooters have also been very reliable and relatively safe. There is truth in the fact that the EV fires have laid an emphasis on safety and technology like never before. As a result, EVs in India will only get better with time.