BIS Introduces New Safety Standards for EVs in India

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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has issued two new guidelines to improve the safety of electric vehicles in categories L, M, and N. L refers to two-wheelers, while categories M and N pertain to four-wheelers and goods trucks, respectively.

These new regulations, designated IS 18590: 2024 and IS 18606: 2024, concentrate on the essential components of electric cars, buses, and trucks, particularly the powertrain, which encompasses the motor and transmission. Moreover, they underscore the safety and performance of batteries, ensuring they are robust and secure.

The move towards electric mobility is not limited to cars and trucks. E-rickshaws and e-karts are also becoming more popular throughout India. To accommodate this, BIS has introduced IS 18294: 2023, setting safety standards specifically for these vehicles. These standards address various aspects, from construction to functionality, ensuring the safety of both drivers and passengers.

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