The popularity of electric scooters has soared in recent times, but so have the concerns regarding their quality checks. Many new players in the electric scooter market have come under scrutiny for this, with Ampere Electric being the latest addition to the list.
In a recent incident, the owner of an Ampere Magnus EX electric scooter claimed that his scooter broke in half while he was riding it, and the visuals of the incident have gone viral on YouTube. The video clearly shows the chassis of the scooter broken into two from the bottom of the floorboard. The rear half of the scooter appears to be bottomed-out, while the front part with the headlamp and apron looks tilted upwards.
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The owner reported that he purchased the scooter in 2022 and had already repaired the chassis once before. He also stated that the scooter’s body and chassis are lightweight. However, the scooter’s chassis broke into two while he was riding it, despite him not carrying much weight, just three tiffin boxes.
Thankfully, the owner did not sustain any injuries, but the chassis of the electric scooter appears beyond repair. The owner is demanding suitable action against the manufacturer and wishes to get his scooter repaired on the behalf of the company. Greaves Electric Mobility, the parent company of Ampere Electric, is yet to release an official statement on this incident.
Unfortunately, this is not the first incident involving the Ampere Magnus EX. Previously, a similar accident occurred in Uttar Pradesh, in which the scooter also broke into two halves. In that incident, the owner was refused a replacement for the defective scooter at the company’s service outlet.
The Magnus EX is Ampere Electric’s first all-electric scooter and is one of the most popular and affordable electric scooters available in India. The scooter is powered by a 2.1 kW hub-mounted electric motor, which gives it a top speed of 50-53 kmph. Its 60V 38.25 Ah lithium-ion battery provides a maximum riding range of 80-100 km.
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Ola Electric, the largest electric scooter manufacturer in India, had addressed the issue of front suspension arms getting broken, which has occurred in numerous incidents. The company provided a solution by replacing their front suspension with a more sturdy double front fork suspension.
The Ministry formed an expert committee to probe the causes of the incidents, and if the manufacturers were found guilty or negligent, heavy fines were to be imposed on them. In addition, the Ministry was going to take other measures, including issuing a recall of all defective vehicles, even if the manufacturer hadn’t issued any such recall on its part.
According to Nitin Gadkari, the Ministry had already issued the required orders for the probe for all the electric two-wheeler manufacturers whose vehicles had reported such incidents. To ensure that no such incident would happen in the future, the Ministry was also introducing new quality-centric guidelines for electric vehicles, which would assure a better quality of engineering in them.
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