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BIS Releases New Standards to Make EVs Safer in India

EVs are slowly picking up pace in India, especially in the two-wheeler segment. This has led to many new companies entering the competition with innovative products. A problem that comes with this situation is the low reliability because both the technology and companies are new. Hence, to keep a check on the quality and safety of the electric vehicles being sold, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has introduced new standard safety norms. 

The 4 Wheeler Standards

The introduction of two new rules by BIS, to be implemented in 3 categories of electric vehicles, L, M and N, is a significant development. The L category comprises two-wheelers, while the M and N are for the 4-wheelers and trucks. The new rules, IS 18590:2024 and IS 18606: 2024, focus on the essential parts of cars, buses and trucks, with their focus being the powertrain. These standards are not just a regulatory measure but a crucial step in India’s transition to sustainable and eco-friendly modes of transport, thereby painting a promising future for the EV industry. 

The implementation of these standard norms by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a significant step towards ensuring the comprehensive development and addressing of various facets of the electric vehicle manufacturing process. BIS, with its solid framework, is fostering the sustainable growth of the EV industry in our country. This involves maintaining strict oversight on the production and advancement of EVs, as the technology is increasingly becoming mainstream, thereby instilling confidence in the industry's growth.

E-Rickshaw Standard

BIS has also launched IS 18294: 2023, this standard will apply to e-rickshaws and e-karts. They understand the rapid increase in the popularity of electric alternatives to trans[prt] beyond traditional cars and trucks. These vehicles have taken over Indian roads like a storm, offering a sustainable and affordable solution for short-distance travel. The new standard covers complete safety aspects, from production to operational functionality, making sure the drivers and passengers are safe. 

Rising EV Sales

EV sales in India totalled 486,669 units in the first quarter of 2024. This was a growth of over 40% year-over-year compared to the 347,676 units sold in the same time of 2023. The EV market regularly crossed the 100,000-unit threshold in all of the quarter's months. March was the star performer, reaching the highest monthly sales figure of 204,337 units.

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TopGear Magazine July 2024