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Hero Electric Sells Nearly 9K High-end EV Two-Wheelers in July

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Hero Electric led the EV two-wheeler segment, selling 8,952 vehicles throughout the month, followed by Okinawa Autotech at 8,094 vehicles have the latest VAHAN data revealed.

Ather Energy sold just 1,279 EV two-wheelers in the entire month of July, after selling 3,829 vehicles in June — a huge drop in numbers — followed by Ola Electric which sold 3,852 vehicles out of 5,891 vehicles in June.

Ampere Vehicles Pvt Ltd, which sold 6,542 vehicles in June, saw a small drop to 6,312 vehicles last month.

The decline in EV two-wheel sales, according to industry experts, is due to consumer fears about the safety of EV two-wheelers in the face of several battery fires and explosions in the recent past.

Union Road Transport and Minister of Roads Nitin Gadkari last month, Parliament told Parliament that all those EV two-wheeler companies have received a warning that their vehicles caught fire due to battery problems.

The ministry has set up a committee of experts to propose safety standards for batteries, battery components and related systems.

Based on the information available on fire incidents, the Ministry of Road Transport and Road Traffic Laws has sent a statement of reasons to the CEOs and MDs of the affected electric two-wheeler manufacturers to explain the reasons why the relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act should not be invoked against them.

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes under the Department of Consumer Affairs, said this week it has warned four to five EV two-wheeler manufacturers over several consumer complaints about battery explosions and fire incidents.

The CCPA received several complaints from the buyers of EV two-wheelers.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has also been informed. A DRDO probe had revealed flaws in battery cells and battery design in nearly all EV fires.

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