BIS introduced new safety standards for EVs in India

These standards are crucial in driving the transition to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and efficient transportation system in the country.

BIS introduced new safety standards for EVs in India

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has introduced two new guidelines to enhance the safety of electric vehicles in the L, M, and N categories. In this context, L refers to two-wheelers, while the M and N categories correspond to four-wheelers and goods trucks, respectively.

These new sets of rules, called IS 18590: 2024 and IS 18606: 2024, focus on the main parts of electric cars, buses, and trucks, especially the powertrain (which includes parts like the motor and transmission).

These standards are crucial in driving the transition to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and efficient transportation system in the country.

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“These standards focus on the critical component of electric vehicles–the power train–ensuring it meets stringent safety requirements. Additionally, they emphasize the safety and performance of batteries, ensuring they are both powerful and secure,” the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in an official statement.

With the introduction of these rules, the country now has 30 local standards dedicated to electric vehicles and their accessories, including charging systems.

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As the popularity of electric vehicles extends beyond cars and trucks, BIS has introduced IS 18294: 2023. This standard establishes safety regulations specifically for e-rickshaws and E-Karts, ensuring that these vehicles are built and operate safely, thereby protecting both drivers and passengers.

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