MIIT Tightens Supervision of New Energy Vehicle Battery Quality
2018-10-16 11:51 Tuesday
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is urging new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturers to rigorously monitor their products' safety performance, vowing to conduct random national quality checks on NEVs.
In order to establish state regulations for the industry's product design and operational management, MIIT promised to soon release new guidelines and legislation for the NEV industry. Earlier this year, MIIT expressed concern over quality control for NEV vehicles, and has pledged to do more to supervise the rapidly growing industry.
On September 4th, the MIIT sent out an official notice to NEV manufacturers informing them of the upcoming national safety-check decisions.
The notice detailed the key vehicle components to which manufacturers must attach greater importance, and listed safety-check procedures that manufacturers must abide by. Manufacturers are also required to submit written safety check reports by the end of October 2018.
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Due to a series of accidents caused by batteries from Optimum Nano, a Shenzhen-based, publicly-listed battery manufacturer, the company has also been singled out for investigation in the notice.
According to Optimum Nano, by the end of 2017, there were over 80,000 vehicles in 34 Chinese provinces that were equipped with its products.
NEV Accidents caused by Poor Battery Quality are on the Rise
On June 12, a BAIC NEV chassis was found on fire. The company commented on neither the incident nor the car model. NEV industry experts suspected that battery quality was a cause of the accident based on the onsite investigation.
On August 26th, an electric bus manufactured by Ankai caught on fire in Tongling, Guizhou. Though its manufacturer maintained that the cause was poor battery quality, it didn’t reveal the name of the battery maker.
The same month, a 650EV, manufactured by Lifan Group, also caught fire. Lifan Group admitted that the battery caused the incident, and the company noted that it had monitored the battery after the accident. Following the incident, a large number of the company's cars were subsequently recalled due to battery quality issues.