Simple Energy postpones delivery of e-scooters as government may announce new norms

EV maker Simple Energy has postponed delivery of its first electric scooter, the Simple One, to September because the government may make policy changes following a recent fire. ..

The Bangalore-based company, which launched the e-scooter on October 15, last year, consciously called for postponement of vehicle delivery during the first week of June-September, the founder of Simple Energy said. And CEO Suhas Rajkumar told PTI.

He said that in the EV industry, policies primarily related to battery packs and test criteria may change in the next 1-2 months and delivery schedules need to be changed.

The company announced in January that it would accumulate 30,000 advance reservations to provide virgins and start delivery in June.

Recently, there have been multiple incidents (EV) The central government has begun an investigation after it ignited and was killed or seriously injured.

The Center for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) was asked to investigate the incident and suggest remedial measures.

Rajkumar told PTI that he made a conscious call to schedule Simple One deliveries in September of the first week, given the recent fire incidents on some EVs and the corresponding government.

The company said it would like to delay production as well as delivery as it anticipates some policy changes.

We mainly focus on safety etc., and if there is a change that the government wants EV manufacturers to do, we will implement it for our customers from day one. We also want to make our supply chain very strong as we are considering receiving large numbers of reservations and starting delivery across India instead of city-by-city delivery as in previous plans. Rajkumar says that he is.

Here, it may be mentioned in these multiple cases VK Saraswat, a prominent scientist and member of the lit Niti Aayog, recently said that battery cells imported for electric vehicles “may not be suitable” for the country’s situation, emphasizing the need for local manufacturing of the cells. Did.

I want to clearly observe what policy changes will be made at the government level, but I don’t want to rush to the whole. He added that there was a strong statement from the government and there was a lot of discussion about this.

Rajkumar said the government could possibly bring standards related to battery packs and test parameters, which could also affect the vehicle certification process.

As a result, many companies may return to government to recertify their products in line with the new standards.

(Only the headings and images in this report may have been recreated by Business Standard staff. The rest of the content is automatically generated from the syndicated feed.)

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