EV manufacturers may have sent Grade-A cells for testing and used lower quality in two-wheelers

Some of India's top electric two-wheeler manufacturers may have skirted the loosely defined rules, which could have played a significant role in the recent spate of fires.

According to a source at the testing agency Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), while almost all companies submit grade-A cells for testing, many may not use the same cells in all vehicles produced and sold. He refused to name any company that might be doing so. It is unfair to say or assume that all companies show one set of cells for testing and use another during production without adequate information. However, some of the smaller players may have engaged in this practise due to a lack of clear rules and monitoring.

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