India will keep eye on the Battery quality of rickshaw-van

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Technology Desk: India is working to improve the quality of two- or three-wheeled battery-powered vehicles. The country plans to introduce new rules to allow the same quality batteries to be used in more than one type of vehicle.

If the new rules are implemented, batteries can be easily replaced in electric scooters, motorcycles, and three-wheeled rickshaws. It will also benefit battery manufacturers for Indian vehicles, Reuters reported.

The new rules have been proposed by the Indian government’s think-tank Niti Aayog through a draft policy.

The new draft policy will set standards for battery pack dimensions, charge, and connectivity.

In addition, it will separate the cost of batteries from the cost of advance and EV conversion costs when purchasing an electric two- or three-wheeler, the policy commission said.

In India’s growing electric scooter sector, ‘replaceable’ batteries are still not being used commercially. However, the company did not mention any investment plans in the draft policy.

The draft of the new policy has been kept open for public opinion till June 5. Once the draft is finalized, the government will implement it by March 31, 2025.

The think-tank has also offered incentives to buyers to buy electric vehicles with replaceable batteries. However, Reuters did not provide further details.

However, according to an earlier Reuters report, the amount of incentive could be up to 20 percent of the total battery cost.

India announced in February that it would introduce new rules on replaceable batteries to boost sales of electric vehicles.

Encouraging electric vehicles to reach the goal of climate change and carbon reduction is important for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The move will benefit companies like Reliance Industries in India and BP plc in the UK. Last year, the two companies took a joint initiative to make batteries in the country.

Other EV battery manufacturers in the Indian market include Japanese Honda Motors, Indian start-up Sun Mobility and motorbike maker Hero MotoCorp, which is partnering with Taiwanese battery maker Gogoro.

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