Central government allows sale of EVs without batteries

The central government has allowed the sale and registration of electric vehicles (EVs) 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 per cent 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.


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