New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries and also clarified that vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Test Agency.
In a letter to Transport Secretaries of all the states and UTs, the minister said that there is no need to specify the Make/Type or any other details of the battery for the purpose of registration.
However, the prototype of the electrical vehicle and the battery (regular battery or the swappable battery) is required to be type approved by the test Agencies specified under Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, it said.
"Attention of the states/UTs have been drawn to the relevant FORMS under Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. Viz. FORM-21 (Sale certificate), FORM -22 (Road worthiness certificate issued by the manufacturer) and FORM-22-A (Road worthiness certificate issued for Motor vehicles where fabrication of the body is done separately), required for the registration of Motor Vehicles under Rule 47 (Application for registration of Motor Vehicles), clearly specify Engine number/Motor number (in case of battery-operated vehicles)," said the official statement.
The letter further said that the government is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. "It is time to come together to work jointly to achieve the broader national agenda to reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bill. This will not only protect the environment and reduce the oft import bill but also provide opportunities to sunrise industry," it further added.
For the promotion of electrical two-wheelers and three-wheeler vehicles, the ministry has been asked to delink the cost of the battery (which accounts for 30-40% of the total cost) from the vehicle cost, it said.
"Vehicles could then also be sold in the market without the battery. This will make the upfront cost of electrical 2 wheeler (2W) and 3 wheelers (3W) to be lower than ICE 2 and 3W. The battery could be provided separately by the OEM or the energy service provider," the letter added.