Fire sparks trust deficit among e-scooter owners, potential buyers

While financiers are citing a massive dip in bookings and enquiries, dealers cite at least a 10% dip in customers

E-scooter fires

The images of scooters bursting into flames doing the rounds on social media have sent chills even among the owners of e-scooters.

Shine JacobShally Seth Mohile Chennai/Mumbai
With regular reports of electric two-wheelers bursting into flames and would-be customers postponing or cancelling their decision to buy an electric vehicle (EV), EV manufacturers have a problem of perception on their hands.
While financiers cite a massive dip in bookings and queries, dealers say that there has been at least a 10 per cent decline in bookings, as consumers are now on a wait-and-watch mode. On Saturday, Okinawa Autotech announced the recall of 3,215 electric scooters to fix issues related to their batteries.
Okinawa Autotech, Ola Electric, EV Pure, and Jitendra EV are among the manufacturers whose two-wheelers caught fire in recent weeks.

First Published: Apr 17 2022 | 5:19 PM IST

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