Bureau of Indian Standards introduces 2 new standards to enhance safety, quality of electric vehicles

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has introduced two new standards, IS 18590:2024 and IS 18606:2024, aimed at enhancing the safety of electric vehicles in L, M and N categories.

These standards focus on the critical component of electric vehicles (the powertrain) ensuring it meets stringent safety requirements. Additionally, they emphasize the safety and performance of the batteries, ensuring that they are both powerful and secure.

However, the shift to electric mobility extends beyond cars and trucks. Electric rickshaws and E-karts are gaining popularity across India. To address this issue, BIS introduced IS 18294:2023, which defines specific safety standards for these vehicles. These standards cover various aspects, from construction to functionality, guaranteeing the safety of drivers and passengers.

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With these new standards, the BIS has raised the bar as it now has a total of 30 Indian standards dedicated to electric vehicles and their accessories, including charging systems.

These standards are crucial in driving the transition towards a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and efficient transportation system in the country.

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