BIS rolls out standards and tests for electric vehicle charging infrastructure
The Bureau of India Standards (BIS) has issued standards and tests for EV charging infrastructure, as well as criteria for battery swapping systems. It also specifies the requirements for a battery swap system’s safety.
“The series comprises 10 parts, which define the charging modes, communication protocols, electrical safety, and performance test requirements for EV charging systems,” said the BIS in a statement.
The standards aim to ensure global standardization and compatibility for EV charging infrastructure. “They ensure that EV charging systems are safe, reliable, and interoperable with various vehicles and charging network providers,” BIS added.
The government is working on a battery swapping program, the first draft of which was announced last year. However, the industry has expressed reservations about the proposed compatibility on battery capacities, form factors, connectors, and communication protocols, claiming that it will stifle innovation and create an artificial monopoly in the market.
EV sales are no longer restricted to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
They are also gaining momentum in non-metro markets. Overall, electric car sales are predicted to more than quadruple to 100,000 for the first time in 2023, prompting manufacturers ranging from Maruti Suzuki to Hyundai Motor India and Tata Motors to plan the release of more than a dozen models over the next two to three years.
Luxury EV sales have eclipsed all-time highs in 2022, with 500 units sold in the first three months of the year.
These criteria are part of the BIS’s overarching Green criteria, which are based on global principles. BIS has also developed rules for raw materials for construction (such as fly ash, construction and demolition waste, cement, and fly ash bricks), waste disposal (such as plastic waste recycling), agriculture (organic farming process), and renewable energy (wind turbines, energy efficient motors, and solar PV modules) as part of the Green Standards.
At a press conference, BIS Director General Pramod Kumar Tiwari stated that plastic is not a 100% biodegradable product and that any manufacturers who claim otherwise are engaging in false advertising.
According to Tiwari, the BIS is also developing guidelines for carbon trading.
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