Electric vehicle maker Simple Energy said on Thursday it had postponed deliveries of its first “Simple One” electric scooter to September, citing possible changes in government policy following recent electric vehicle fires.
The Bengaluru-based company, which launched the electric scooter on August 15 last year, took a “conscious” call to postpone vehicle deliveries to the first week of September from June, the founder said- Simple Energy CEO Suhas Rajkumar in a tweet. .
According to Simple One, trials will begin in July 2022 and dates will be announced on May 30, 2022.
Delivery Update ⬇️In light of recent events in the electric vehicle industry, we await updated guidelines for electric vehicles regarding battery health and overall vehicle safety. In accordance with this, we are postponing deliveries of Simple ONE. Test rides for ONE will begin in July 2022. pic.twitter.com/cLjGiS1uOR
— Simple Energy (@SimpleEnergyEV) May 26, 2022
The probe found serious defects in the batteries, including poor quality cells, lack of fuse, thermal management issues and a battery management system (BMS).
A source from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) had said CNBC-TV18 that while nearly all companies submit grade A cells for testing, many do not necessarily use the same in all vehicles produced and sold. The report also highlighted issues with the battery management system used by many electric vehicle manufacturers.
The survey also identified company-specific issues and failures by testing agencies like the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) to perform spot checks. on manufacturers.
It may be mentioned here that amidst these multiple incidents of electric vehicle fires, Niti Aayog member and eminent scientist VK Saraswat recently stated that imported battery cells for electric vehicles “might not be” adapted to country conditions and emphasized the need for local manufacturing. cells.
“We want to see clearly what policy changes are going to take place at the government level…but we don’t want to rush into the whole thing…because there has been a strong statement from the government side and there has been a lot discussions about it,” he added.
First post: STI