EV manufacturers given more time to comply with battery safety standards

The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has given EV manufacturers more time to comply with the battery safety standards announced earlier this year. Apart from this, the ministry has also added several new safety provisions in the battery safety norms, which will be implemented in two phases. The earlier deadline of 1 October has been extended to 1 December 2022.

The first phase of the new security provisions will come into effect from December 1, 2022 as mentioned above while the second phase will be implemented from March 31, 2023.

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The official statement said, “In order to strengthen the safety standards for testing of batteries used in electric vehicles, Amendment-2, which was effective from 01 October 2022, introduces Automotive Industry Standards (AIS)-156 and AIS-156. Both were issued to. 038 (Rev 2). In order to better equip OEMs to comply/implement the provisions laid down under AIS-156 and AIS 038 (Rev 2) standards, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to implement Amendment 3 of the said AIS, as hosted on the website of the Ministry, in two phases: Phase 1 with effect from 01 December 2022 Phase 2 with effect from 31 March 2023”

Recently, there have been many incidents of fire in electric scooters. Some of the leading electric scooters currently on sale in India such as the Ola S1, Okinawa iPraise+ and Pure EV ePluto 7G caught fire in April 2021. Therefore, the government had to set up a committee to thoroughly investigate these incidents and look into the security concerns. , As a result of this investigation, the Ministry has decided to introduce additional security provisions.

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The additional safety provisions introduced by the ministry are in respect of thermal diffusion caused by battery cell, battery pack design, on-board charger and internal cell short circuit, which subsequently lead to fire.

“Based on the recommendations of the Expert Committee report, the Ministry has issued amendments to AIS 156 on August 29, 2022 – Specific Requirements for L-Class Motor Vehicles with Electric Power Train, and amendment 2 to AIS 038 Rev. 2 – Requirements for electric power train of specific M category and N category motor vehicles (motor vehicle having at least four wheels for carrying goods which can also carry persons other than goods),” the official statement read.

“Notification mandating the revised AIS 156 and AIS 038 Rev.2 standards for the respective categories of electric vehicles with effect from October 1, 2022 is in force,” it said.

For those not aware of the L and M categories of motor vehicles, they stand for vehicles with less than four wheels (quadricycles) and vehicles with at least four wheels, respectively.

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