BIS to publish new Indian standards for EV Charging this year

EVreporter conducted the virtual ‘EV Charging Business Conclave 2021’ on the 4th and 5th of March 2021. The event saw presentations and discussion around building EV charging businesses and the overall EV Charging ecosystem in the country.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has set up ETD 51 i.e. a sectional committee for Electrotechnology in mobility for preparing the Indian Standards for EV charging. There are multiple panels under the committee who are developing Indian standards (IS 17017 series) for various aspects of EV Charging by referring to global standards IEC 61851; IEC 62196 and ISO 15118, and tailoring them according to India’s requirements.

During a discussion on building a wide-spread EV Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the country (as a part of EV Charging Business Conclave 2021), Mr Sreejakumar Nair (Mahindra Electric and one of the core members of ETD 51) stressed the need to define standards and bring uniformity to the overall ecosystem. In a group discussion moderated by Chandana Sasidharan from AEEE, Mr Nair discussed the current status of efforts towards the standardisation of EV Charging Infrastructure in the country.

Here’s a compilation of the EV Charging standards currently in works by ETD 51:

EV Charging standards
Source: Sreejakumar Nair | Compiled by EVreporter

The standard for Light EV AC charging is expected to be ratified by the BIS in the next couple of months. This standard defines the specifications for low-cost chargers with 3.3 kW power output (Kirana shop chargers) – that will essentially be a subset of AC-001 that requires 3 power outlets per charger. The upcoming standard is simplified by using a simple plug from a single-phase power connection. 

Update – On May 13, 2021, the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to GoI released a note saying:

1. The group has set a target price of less than Rs. 3500 for a smart AC charge point for e2W and 3W.

2. This Low-Cost AC Chargepoint (LAC) allows up to 3kW of power output.

3. User’s smartphone will communicate with the LAC via low-power Bluetooth and link to a backend where payment and analytics are enabled.

4. The LAC device can be deployed in any place where a 220V 15A single-phase line is available – mainly targeting parking lots of metro and railway stations, shopping malls, hospitals, office complexes, apartments and even shops.

5. According to the release, several Indian manufacturers are on board to make this device. It is expected that a new industry sector will emerge catering to high volume, low-cost charging infrastructure for EVs.

The formal release of the standards is expected in a couple of months after completion of field and durability trials of sample products

Also, the new standard for Light EV DC charging is also expected to be announced in the next 6 months, though existing DC-001 chargers will be allowed to continue.

Already published standards can be downloaded from the BIS website. Keep watching this space for updates on EV Charging Standards.

Last updated: May 13, 2021

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