In a big
development for electric vehicle (EV) industry, the Ministry of Road Transport
and Highways (MoRTH) has allowed registration of EVs without pre-fitted
batteries. The ministry has clarified that vehicles without batteries can be
sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the test agency,
in a letter issued to transport secretaries of all the states and UTs
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.
Attention of the
states/UTs has been drawn to the relevant FORMS under Central Motor Vehicles
Rules, 1989. Viz. FORM-21 (sale certificate), FORM -22 (Road worthiness
certificate issued by the manufacturer) and FORM-22-A (Road worthiness
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).
With a view to promote
EVs in two- and three- wheeler segments, there are recommendations brought to
the notice of the ministry to delink the cost of battery, accounting to 30-40
per cent of the total cost, from the EV cost. Vehicles could then also be sold
in the market without the battery. This will make the upfront cost of the EV two-
and three- wheelers to be lower than ICE counterparts. The battery could be
provided separately by the OEM or the energy service provider.
is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric
mobility in the country. It is time to come together to work jointly to achieve
the broader national agenda to reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bill.
This will not only protect the environment and reduce imports but also provide
opportunities to sun rise industry.
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