BIS notifies performance standards for EV batteries

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has launched performance standards for electric vehicle (EV) batteries to ensure safety of consumers. BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016. The standard “IS 17855: 2022” has been devised for lithium-ion traction battery packs and systems of electrically sourced road vehicles. The devised standards have been harmonized with the standards ISO 12405-4: 2018.

According to the notification, the new EV batteries standard incorporates testing procedures for basic parameters of performance, reliability and electrical functionality for the battery packs and system for either high power or high energy application. Considering the safety aspect of batteries for EVs and to reduce fire hazards, the BIS is in the process of publishing two more standards related to batteries for various passenger and goods carrying vehicles falling into the L, M and N categories.

The standards for EV batteries have been devised based on several real-world scenarios that include operating batteries at low and high temperatures.