Against the backdrop of an increasing number of incidents with electric vehicles, including spontaneous combustion and brake system failures, China has decided to tighten control over vehicles on new energy sources. The draft control guidelines were released today by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Manufacturers of such vehicles will be required to strengthen security monitoring systems. In addition, more attention will need to be paid to quality control systems, from design and testing to validation of supply chains. As part of the proposed changes, automakers will have to organize a 24-hour incident response system. Manufacturers whose cars regularly appear in incident reports and those who shy away from regular inspections may get closer attention from regulators. The punishment can be both exclusion from the program of government subsidies, and the suspension of production. Problems like battery fires, brake failures, unexpected power loss or mechanical defects have been seriously affecting consumer preferences in recent times. For example, in a viral incident in April during a Shanghai auto show, a woman climbed onto a Tesla electric car and caused a scandal, accusing the manufacturers of a brake failure that almost ended in a fatal incident. At first, the company refused to analyze the data of the owner’s electric car, but in the end Tesla apologized and provided the victim with detailed information about the incident. Shortly thereafter, the company announced plans to build separate, local centers for storing and processing data collected in China. If you notice an error, select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.