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Research institution ARAI passes on e-vehicle technology to manufacturers

2. December 2021

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), based in the Indian city of Pune, recently passed on numerous technologies to automotive OEM manufacturers. The institute’s head, Reji Mathai, told the press at the end of September that several technology transfers have taken place in the field of battery management systems, lightweight construction and vehicle batteries. Electric and hybrid vehicles and green energy engines are some of the industrial sectors that the government is supporting. Improvement in technology has increased the efficiency of these vehicles and now all major OEM manufacturers have e-vehicles or components in their portfolio. Components from this sector are usually subject to BIS certification, but in certain cases may also require AIS certification in order to be approved for the Indian market. So far, 120,658 electric vehicles have been sold in India and subsidies of more than US$ 51.6 million have been disbursed.


A total of 90 licences have been issued to OEM manufacturers for batteries, and two to three to producers of battery management systems, Mathai said. In addition, the ARAI has entered into an agreement with Bharat Electronic Limited to market a fast-charging device for batteries. The ARAI is currently working with domestic industry to strengthen local production of components, but imports will continue to play a major role in the foreseeable future.

Cars and two-wheelers as well as their components have to be certified in India according to the AIS guidelines. AIS stands for Automotive Industry Standards, the technical automotive standards for India. The according automotive product certifiation is conducted by authorities like the International Center for Automotive Technology (iCAT).

BIS certification is mandatory for many electronic products for industrial and consumer uses. Factory inspections are also required for some products.

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