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Electric mobility gets a boost; Government allows registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries

Electric mobility gets a boost; Government allows registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries
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The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) yesterday allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) yesterday allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries. In a letter to transport Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories, the Ministry has clarified that vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Test Agency.

It said, 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.

"The states/UTs have been drawn to the relevant FORMS under Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. Viz. FORM-21 (Sale certificate), FORM -22 (Roadworthiness certificate issued by the manufacturer) and FORM-22-A (Roadworthiness certificate issued for Motor vehicles where fabrication of the body is done separately), required for the registration of Motor Vehicles under Rule 47 (Application for registration of Motor Vehicles), clearly specify Engine number/Motor number (in case of battery-operated vehicles)," said the official statement.

The battery unit is a key component of an electric vehicle and the range of the vehicle is determined by its capacity and efficiency. It also constitutes 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the total cost of the vehicle.

The statements further said, for the promotion of electrical two-wheelers and three-wheeler vehicles, the ministry has been asked to delink the cost of the battery (which accounts for 30-40% of the total cost) from the vehicle cost. It also added the vehicles could then also be sold in the market without the battery. This will make the upfront cost of 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.

The Government is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. The Ministry said, it is time to come together to work jointly to achieve the broader national agenda to reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bill.

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