Electric car makers may be given a little more time to implement proposed battery safety regulations, government sources told Business Today TV. The Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRTH) and electric vehicle manufacturers are meeting today on key safety regulations that will come into effect from 1 October.
The industry has applied for a deadline extension. The Indian auto industry has welcomed the government’s safety standards for electric vehicles and started work on them, but the switchover cannot be completed by October 1, industry leaders said. Kinetic Green founder and CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani, chairman of the FICCI EV committee and IFGE EV committee, told Business Today TV that the EV industry welcomes higher safety standards for EV batteries.
In fact, this will further increase customer confidence in his EV technology and contribute to the rapid electrification of India’s EV sector. However, the changes proposed as part of the new amendments to AIS 156 (up to Rev. 2) are broad and far-reaching. Achieving these changes requires battery pack redesign, redesign, revalidation, and recertification.
In addition, battery manufacturers must design and procure tools and new capital equipment, which takes at least six months. On September 1, MoRTH decided to introduce mandatory standards for battery components and their testing, including electric vehicle cells, from October 1, 2022.
This standard applies to electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and automobiles. “Most of the required parameters can be easily met, but the new modifications have added some new requirements that require design changes to the battery. require design, development, and rigorous testing of these changes.
The changes include additional safety requirements related to battery cells, battery management systems, on-board chargers, battery pack construction, and heat dissipation due to internal cell short circuits leading to fires.
Therefore, having some latitude in terms of timelines for making changes is essential. The EV industry is therefore seeking a modest deadline extension from the government to implement the changes. Timelines for phased implementation can be researched by testing agencies and departments,” said Sohinder Gill, executive director of the Society of Electric Vehicle Manufacturers (SMEV) and CEO of Hero Electric, who is in his Business. told Today TV.
The ministry also sought input from stakeholders in its Sept. 1 notice to mandate conformity for the production of traction batteries used in electric vehicles.