Bureau of Indian Standards issued new performance standards for lithium-ion batteries to safeguard the consumers. BIS, which comes under Union Consumer Affairs Ministry, with this new standard will regulate the manufacturing of electronic batteries. The National Standard Body of India, has published the standard IS 17855: 2022 for these battery packs and systems which is harmonized with ISO 12405-4: 2018. The requirement of battery systems for use as a power source for propulsion of vehicles are significantly different from the battery used for consumer electronics or stationary use, which makes it even more important for the authorities to regulate it's manufacture.
The new BIS EV performance standards are formulated considering the real life scenarios for an electric vehicle such as charging vehicles for an extended period of time, storage of battery system, operating battery at low and high temperature and more. Additionally, these standards for EV batteries will look into size, connectors, specification and minimum quality of cells as per the battery's capacity.
This reveal comes after the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was tasked with investigating electric two-wheeler fire incidents by the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry. Further, keeping view on safety aspect of batteries for EV, BIS is in the process of publishing 2 more standard related to batteries for various passenger and goods carrying vehicles (L, M and N category).