Electric Cars Get New BIS Norms In India For Better Safety, Quality

  • Jun 24, 2024
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In addition to the 27 already existing standards, three new norms have been introduced for both passenger and commercial electric vehicles.

Quick Highlights

  • New Norms introduced by BIS to keep check on safety and quality of EV development. 

  • 3 New norms added to scrutinize safety and performance of batteries for commercial and passenger segment EVs.

  • A total of 30 norms are in place to keep a check on EV manufacturing.

The ever growing EV popularity in the Indian auto space has made way for new standard safety norms which have been introduced by the Bureau Of Indian Standards (BIS). This is to further keep a check on the safety and quality standards of the electric vehicles produced in the country and uphold them. 

Audi 450 kW charging hub at Banda-Kurla Complex, Mumbai

The "IS 18590: 2024" and "IS 18606: 2024" norms, which are intended to emphasize the safety and performance of the batteries to further ensure meeting the safety standards for the passenger segment electric vehicles. BIS has also introduced the “IS 18294: 2023” norm to keep a check on the production of commercial EV segments like e-rickshaws, and e-karts which have tremendously grown on Indian roads, as an alternative for short-distance commutes.

Hyundai 180 kW DC fast charger in Chennai

The importance of battery safety,  a major component in any electric vehicle, cannot be left unnoticed, as it directly impacts the overall safety and reliability of EVs. Hence, by enforcing these standard norms, BIS aims to mitigate the risks associated with battery malfunctioning. 

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All these standard norms have now come into play to ensure a holistic development and various other aspects of the electric vehicles manufacturing process. BIS further aims to create a robust framework that supports the sustainable growth of the EV industry in our country by keeping a stringent check on the production and development of EVs, considering the tech is now becoming more mainstream. 

Exicom fast charger charging the MG ZS EV

To ensure a seamless transition to a more sustainable and efficient transportation, BIS now has a total of 30 standards dedicated to scrutinize the development of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. As the EV landscape grows and evolves, these regulations will play an  instrumental role in shaping a safer, sustainable and more reliable future for electric transportation in India.

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