The Government of India has taken a huge step toward bringing safety to the electric vehicle market. It is going to introduce mandatory standards for EV batteries, components, and their testing. The new standards and testing protocols will be notified in 2-3 months. making it mandatory for Vehicle manufacturers to sell Electric Vehicles with only standard compliant batteries.
The government will issue these protocols for electric 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers simultaneously. It will be mandatory for manufacturers to sell EVs with batteries and components that comply with the standards.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highway(MORTH), has stated that companies failing to comply with the mandatory standards and regulatory norms will have to pay heavy penalties. These penalties will kick in only after these are notified as they think they should not penalize the manufacturers before notifying the updated norms.
For that purpose, random samples of finished batteries will be picked up from factories for tests to find whether the companies are complying with the standards. This will be in order to maintain the conformity of products.
This intervention by the government will prove to be really beneficial as the EV market is burgeoning and this is the right time otherwise there will be too many unsafe vehicles on the road.