The Ministry of Highways modifies the safety regulations for batteries, which will come into force from October 1

ITP, September 2, 2022, 12:14 p.m. IST

Concerned about the cases of fire incidents observed in electric two-wheelers, the Ministry of Road Transport has introduced additional safety provisions in the battery safety regulations that will take effect from October 1, according to an official statement. .

The amendments include additional safety requirements related to the battery cells, on-board charger, battery pack design, and thermal spread due to an internal cell short circuit leading to fire.

The notification to require amended standards for the respective categories of electric vehicles from October 1, 2022 is ongoing, according to the statement.

In April this year, cases of electric two-wheelers from manufacturers such as Ola Electric, Okinawa Autotech and PureEV were reported to have caught fire. He prompted the government to form a panel to examine.

Based on the recommendations of the expert committee report, the ministry on August 29, 2022, issued the amendment to AIS 156- Specific requirements for L-category motor vehicles with electric power train, and the amendment 2 to AIS 038 Rev. 2 – Specific requirements for the Electric Power Train of motor vehicles of category M and category N (motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for the transport of goods that can also transport people in addition to goods)”, says the release.

Category L motor vehicles are those that have less than four wheels and are a quadricycle, while category M vehicles are at least four wheels that are used to carry passengers.

β€œThe notification to order the modified AIS 156 and AIS 038 Rev.2 standards for the respective categories of electric vehicles with effect from October 1, 2022 is ongoing,” it said.

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The statement says that the ministry also issued a draft notice on August 25, 2022 to amend Sub-rule 4 of Rule 124 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rule (CMVR) 1989, to require Conformity of Production (COP ) for traction batteries used in electric vehicles. power train vehicles.

The MoRTH had constituted an expert committee, chaired by ARCl Hyderabad Director Tata Narsingh Rao, Center for Fire, Explosives and Environment Safety (CFEES) scientist MK Jain, Senior Research Scientist at the Indian Institute of Subba Reddy and IIT Madras Professor Devendra Jalihal as members to recommend additional safety requirements in existing battery safety standards notified under the CMV Rules.

Noting electric vehicle fire accidents, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari in April warned companies of penalties if they were found to have been negligent and said they would be ordered to recall faulty vehicles.

Ola Electric subsequently recalled 1,441 units of its electric two-wheelers. Okinawa also announced a recall of 3,215 units of its Praise Pro electric scooter to address any battery-related issues. Similarly, Pure EV recalled 2,000 units of its ETrance+ and EPluto 7G models.

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