The Department of Transportation has decided to impose heavy fines on three electric car makers.

A committee of experts appointed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has pointed out that the battery management system (BMS) and battery venting mechanism used in electric two-wheelers are seriously flawed.

According to the Hindustan Times, the commission appointed to investigate the manufacture of electric two-wheelers following a series of fires earlier this year.

Based on the committee’s recommendations, the Department of Transportation has decided to impose heavy fines on three electric car makers found guilty of selling defective vehicles, the report added.

One of the first videos of an EV fire incident to go viral shows an electric scooter first emitting smoke before being quickly engulfed in flames on a busy street. It followed by another e-bike that caught fire after a short circuit accident in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Soon such videos were flooding in, suggesting a possible manufacturing error for the electric two-wheeler.

In the wake of the fire, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned EV companies that they would face heavy fines and mandatory recalls if they were found guilty of negligence. “In the past two months, several incidents involving electric two-wheelers have come to light. If any company is found to be negligent in its processes, heavy fines will be imposed and a recall of all defective vehicles will be ordered,” Gardkar said. Mr. Lee said in a tweet.

Mr Gadkari urged EV makers to act aggressively on the matter, stressing the government’s commitment to keeping commuters safe.

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The HT report added that the Ministry of Transport will soon issue regulations to ensure battery standards. According to reports, safety standards will require manufacturers to come up with an “auto-shutoff” feature.

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