“India as a nation advancing towards its COP26 Climate Goals and crucial emission reduction targets, where EV adoption plays a critical role. We can not afford prospective EV users to have another concern in mind while buying or adopting EV, that they are fire-safe or not? We are on a verge to make EV and Diesel vehicle prices equal with success of NHEV pilot by year end as 1st use case of batteries sold separately and made available to fleet operators on subscription as per MoRTH notified order of Aug 2020 ”
He said, addressing temporary but shaken user’s confidence in EVs safety with recent fire incidences.’
Emerging Tech piloting agency’s National Program Director of Ease of Doing Business Programme Abhijeet Sinha, also Project Director of National Highway for EV (NHEV) Jaipur- Delhi – Agra ambitions E-Highway pilot said “National impetus on EV adoption has caught significant momentum countrywide and this battle to fit in e-mobility and clean transportation in users pocket and lifestyle cannot be lost to incompetence or individual greed of automakers who could have done better but opted not to do so, for what-so-ever reasons. Show-Cause notice was a very needed step as hon’ble minister Gadkari mentioned in the parliament this Thursday.” – said in response to Minister MoRTH Gadkari’s reply on July 21 in Parliament that CEO & MD of automakers has been issued show-cause notice after their vehicles caught fire and further action would be taken based on their responses.
“We sincerely spent last few years to build confidence in EV users that they would get enough charging; inside the city and on national highways too. National Highway for EV (NHEV) is also dispensing intercity Electric mobility via electric Cabs and Busses; to fit in those user’s pocket and tourists’ transit modes who aren’t even EV owners. But willing to opt a cheaper & cleaner ride in Electric Busses and Cars to travel to Jaipur and Agra from Delhi.”
Sinha added while elaborating recent 12 battery safety standards recommendations approved by NHEV ‘Working Group’ of scientists and technocrats for battery safety last month which included Black-Box features in batteries to reduce time and resource spent to investigate such fire incidents and those batteries can be quickly pulled out of use before more fire incurred.
About: Abhijeet Sinha is a Technocrat, currently National Program Director of Ease of Doing Business, starting from Modi’s Citizen from Accountable Governance (CAG) election campaign team in 2014 parliamentary polls, participated in various Pilots like IMNCI, National Polulation Register (NPR-CAA), UIDAI also Project Director of ambitious e-highway pilot National Highway for EV (Jaipur – Delhi – Agra) with Govt of India.