June 29, 2022

Following recurring incidents of fire in electric vehicles, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has for the first time formulated performance standards for batteries used in electric vehicles.


  • BIS, the National Standard Body of India, has published standards for Test Specifications for Lithium-ion Traction Battery Packs and Systems (Performance Testing) for Electrically Propelled Road Vehicles. The standard IS 17855: 2022 for these battery packs and systems is harmonized with ISO 12405-4: 2018.
  • The IS 17855:2022 standard has been formulated after considering real-life scenarios for an EV such as a parked vehicle (battery is not used for an extended period of time), battery system shipped (stored), battery running at low and high temperatures, among others.
  • The BIS is in the process of publishing two more standards for batteries to be used in electric passenger and goods carrying vehicles.