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EV Testing in India To Start from April 1, 2023: ARAI Safety Norms

image of electric vehicle testing in India by ARAI certified professionals

Ministry of Heavy Industries has decided to sanction Rs. 44 crores to ARAI(Automotive Research Association of India) for setting up the required infrastructure for Electric vehicle testing and certification.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • For better safety and performance of EVs in India, Uniform safety standards will be implemented.
  • The Bureau of Indian Standards has also released specific norms for lithium-ion battery packs aligning with ISO norms.

From 1st April 2023, the first-ever full-fledged Electric vehicle testing is likely to begin in India. The Uniform safety standards for EVs are likely to amplify the performance and safety and reliability of Electric Vehicles in India.

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Electric Vehicle fires across different regions of India have created a sensation in the Indian EV market, raising questions about the safety of electric scooters.

Currently, India does not have any Unified standard EV testing norms in India. Each manufacturer has its own norms and standard for Electric vehicle testing.

Ola Electric's electric vehicle testing center
Ola Electric’s electric vehicle testing center

Continuous fire incidents of electric scooters have created havoc for the Indian EV market raising safety concerns. Therefore, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has decided to sanction Rs 44 crore to the Pune-based Association ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).

ARAI is likely to be responsible for setting up the required infrastructure for Electric vehicle testing, certification, and development of electric and hybrid vehicles in India.

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The infrastructure ready to be built by ARAI is likely to include the testing of:

  •  EV Battery Pack 
  •  Battery Management Systems (BMS)
  •  EV internal cell to avoid short circuits 
  •  Battery Cell/ cell level

Next, the level of testing an EV battery pack must cover crush, imbalance charging, stress, and free-fall as well. 

In addition to that, in June 2022, the Bureau of Indian Standards released EV performance norms for lithium-ion battery packs and traction systems, aligning with ISO norms.

Lastly, we can say that this step was one of the first and crucial steps taken toward the centralization of EV battery technology. 

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The EV Scenario in India is rapidly changing with the push from the central government, with friendly government policies and subsidies. GOI is adherent to its 2030 goals for a shift in the mobility pattern of India, and for a carbon-neutral automotive ecosystem in the Nation.

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