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BIS introduces two new standards to enhance safety and quality of EVs in India

Sumit Vishwakarma
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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has introduced two new guidelines aimed at improving the safety and quality of electric vehicles (EVs) in India.

These guidelines, IS 18590: 2024 and IS 18606: 2024, are designed to address safety concerns in electric vehicles across various categories. The L category covers two-wheelers, while the M and N categories pertain to four-wheelers and goods trucks, respectively.

Why are these standards important?

The new standards focus on critical components of electric vehicles, particularly the powertrain, which includes the motor and transmission.


According to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, these standards ensure that the powertrain meets stringent safety requirements.

Additionally, they emphasize the safety and performance of batteries, making sure they are both powerful and secure. Notably, These measures are essential for driving the transition to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and efficient transportation system in India.

How do these standards impact electric vehicle safety?

The introduction of these standards is a significant step in enhancing the reliability and safety of electric powertrains and batteries. By ensuring that these crucial components meet high safety standards, the guidelines aim to mitigate risks associated with electric vehicles.

The BIS's initiative also extends to the growing popularity of e-rickshaws and e-karts. To address their specific safety needs, BIS has introduced IS 18294: 2023, which sets safety standards for these vehicles, covering aspects from construction to functionality to ensure the safety of both drivers and passengers.

With these new standards, BIS now has a total of 30 Indian standards dedicated to electric vehicles and their accessories, including charging systems. This comprehensive set of standards is crucial for India's transition to a more sustainable transportation system. The guidelines not only enhance safety but also promote the development of high-quality EVs, encouraging broader adoption of electric mobility in the country.

Who Is Responsible for Implementing These Standards?

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India, operating under the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. BIS plays a key role in formulating, recognizing, and promoting Indian standards.

The organization helps industries upgrade the quality of their products and services, ensuring they meet the latest safety and performance requirements. The introduction of these new EV standards is part of BIS's ongoing efforts to support and regulate the electric vehicle industry in India.