Stricter EV testing rules to come into action in April 2023.
Electric vehicles, especially electric scooters in India recently came into the spotlight for not-so-good reasons. A number of fire incidents were reported in a matter of a few months, some of them even proved to be fatal, while others were a grim reminder that India needs stringent laws to ensure safer EVs. Earlier this week an electric scooter in Noida caught fire while being driven around on the road, and another caught fire while being parked during charging at home. Now the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that it is enhancing testing parameters for electric vehicles to safeguard ‘human safety’. As per a notice by the government, “certain tests which are done internationally will be made mandatory from April 1st, 2023.” As per the circular, these tests will be mandatory for claiming incentive payouts under the PLI schemes for automobile and auto components, ACC, and FAME II scheme being implemented by MHI.
As per the new circular, these new international-level tests are bound to enhance human safety by ensuring quality are three levels which include tests at Battery Pack, Battery Management Systems (BMS), and Cell Level.
Needless to say, at a time when EV sales is picking up pace in the country, it is the need of the hour for India to produce safer electric vehicles, especially in the two-wheeler scooter segment which has accounted for a number of unfortunate, fire-related incidents.
“The Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) has mandated the formation of a more stringent set of testing parameters for EVs in order to safeguard human safety and bring about the much-needed assurance to the minds of the probable future EV buyers. These tests will also reassure consumers to believe once again in investing in this eco-friendly transport option. This is the need of the hour since at this juncture EV sales are actually picking up pace in our country,” said Akshit Bansal, Founder & CEO, Statiq.