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Indian Government Permitted Electric Vehicles Without Batteries

A notice has been issued by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry allowing the sale of electric vehicles without a pre-fitted battery. The battery could be provided separately by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or energy service.

EV ChargingThe government  feels that the upfront cost of the vehicle will thus be lower than petrol, diesel or CNG powered two and three-wheelers.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Test Agency.

Further, there is no need to specify the Make/Type or any other details of the battery for the purpose of registration. However, the prototype of the electrical vehicle, and the battery (regular battery or the swappable battery) is required to be type approved by the test Agencies specified under Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

For the promotion of electrical two wheelers and three wheeler vehicles, there are recommendations brought to the notice of the Ministry to delink the cost of battery (which accounts for 30-40% of the total cost) from the vehicle cost. Vehicles could then also be sold in the market without the battery. This will make the upfront cost of the electrical 2 wheeler (2W) and 3 wheelers (3W) to be lower than ICE 2 and 3W. The battery could be provided separately by the OEM or the energy service provider.

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Nitisha Dubey

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