In what could bring down the cost of electric vehicles considerably, the Centre has allowed the sale and registration of electric vehicles without batteries. The move is likely to boost the battery-swapping industry at the same time.

The move comes after the ministry of road transport and highways received representation from the industry to delink the cost of battery (which accounts for 30-40% of the total cost) from the vehicle cost.

The prototype of the electrical vehicle and the battery (regular battery or the swappable battery) is however, required to be type approved by the test agencies specified under Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

“Consumers are being given a choice, if they want to purchase a vehicle without the battery, and use the battery on rent,” a senior transport ministry official told ET.

“It is clarified that vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the test agency. It is further clarified that there is no need to specify the make or type or any other details of the battery for the purpose of registration,” the transport ministry said in a letter issued to principal secretaries of State transport departments on Wednesday.

A second official said that the promotion of battery swapping in the electric mobility sector was one of the main drivers of the decision. Companies like Ola, Sun Mobility, Lithion, are among companies operating in the battery swapping space in India.

Battery swapping essentially involves switching the discharged battery of a vehicle at a swapping station with a fully charged one. This essentially reduces the time involved in charging the battery on one’s own.

Selling vehicles without the battery could bring down the upfront cost of electric two and three wheelers and make them cheaper, compared to internal combustion engine two wheelers and three wheelers, the ministry said in the note reviewed by ET. “The battery could be provided separately by the OEM or the energy service provider,” it added.



News Source: Economic Times


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