In order to enable quicker adoption of electric vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) will allow electric two- and three-wheelers to be sold without batteries, and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Testing agency. As the battery pack accounts for a large part of an EV’s cost, this should help lower the upfront cost and make them more affordable.
Furthermore, there will be no need to specify the make/type or any other details of the battery for the purpose of vehicle registration. This effectively means that manufacturers can look at introducing a battery swap model.
MoRTH states that the delinking of the cost of the battery (which accounts for 30-40 percent of the total cost) from the overall price was brought to its notice. As part of its endeavour to support such a move, the ministry’s attention was also draw to Form 22 (road worthiness certificate issued by OEM) and Form 22-A (road worthiness certification issued for vehicles where fabrication of the body is done separately), both of which are required for the registration of motor vehicles under Rule 47.
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