EVs will NOT catch fire! EV makers to follow BIS standards

Because of the incidents of fire in electric vehicles, the government has now prepared a master plan. Know!

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New Delhi: After the two continuous incident of fire and explosion in electric two wheelers, the government is now looking forward to introduce EV battery standards (BIS standards) for EV two wheelers. This will later be extended to four wheelers as well.

The BIS standard (Bureau of Indian Standards) for EV batteries will look at "Size, Connector, Specifications and Minimum Quality of Sales, Battery Capacity". The sources of the ministry states that it is in touch with stakeholders from the battery industry to come out with BIS guidelines for EV batteries, as preliminary reports have found major issues with the battery including the design of the battery pack and module.

NITI Aayog in a discussion paper had focused at the need for BIS standards as a first step towards a National Battery Swapping Policy. Preliminary findings of a government-appointed inquiry committee into EV fire have found battery cell or design problems in almost all electric two-wheeler fire incidents in the country. The committee was formed in the wake of the e-scooter catching fire and the battery blast.

Experts have found problems with battery cells as well as battery design in almost all EV fires. The government is now working on new quality-focused guidelines for electric vehicles, which will be fully implemented soon. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was tasked by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to probe into incidents of EV fire, has found critical faults in the battery.

These problems have happened because electric two-wheeler manufacturers such as Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors may have used "cheap materials to cut costs". Center for Fire, Explosives at DRDO and Environment Safety (CFEES) has submitted its fact-finding report to the ministry, which asked the representatives of these EV manufacturers to submit clarifications on the DRDO report findings. Earlier this month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs has sent notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their e-scooters exploded in April.

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