Okinawa Autotech Becomes 1st EV Firm To Recall Vehicles In India

Amid growing incidence of Electric vehicles -- in particular the electric scooters -- catching fire in India, Gurgaon-based EV company, Okinawa Autotech, has announced that it will recall 3,215 units of its Praise Pro Scooters voluntarily to fix any issues in the electric scooter.

With this, Okinawa has become the first electric vehicle maker to have recalled its EVs in India for quality check. Okinawa has recalled its EVs after a father and his daughter died when the electric scooter was being charged at their home in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Founded in 2015, Okinawa Autotech is the First Indian company to get a FAME-II subsidy from the Government of India , and officially the first EV OEM to be IATF certified for design & manufacturing.

In a separate incident, yet again in Tamil Nadu, an Okinawa dealership showroom went up in flames due to a reported EV fire inside the outlet. No casualties have been reported but the whole showroom was gutted. The fire was put out with the help of locals.

On the recall of its e-Scooters Okinawa stated, “The electric 2W maker is working closely with the dealer partners to ensure that the repair experience is as per the convenience of its customers, for which the vehicle owners will be contacted individually. This voluntary campaign is in the wake of the recent thermal incident and in line with the company’s long-standing commitment to customer safety.”

Recently, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also asked EV manufacturers to recall batches involved in the incidents.

Late last month, an Ola S1 Pro e-scooter caught fire when it was parked on the side of the road in Pune. The parked e-scooter burst into flames eventually engulfing the entire scooter.

The Union Road and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari also said that appropriate action will be taken against the manufacturers if their fault is established.

Notably, since the beginning of this summer multiple incidents of electric vehicles catching fire occurred. The Central government has ordered an independent investigation into each of these multiple fire incidents.
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