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Govt of India notifies norms for retrofitting electric kit in vehicles

Snapshot: The costing of such conversion will most likely be a little less than 1 lakh.

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In order to curb pollution emitted by vehicles, the government of India has notified norms for retrofitment of the electric kit or hybrid electric system for old vehicles. This will apply to the vehicles that meet emission norms and will allow the car owner to fit aftermarket hybrid electric kits in their old diesel or gasoline cars.

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In a notification, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said, “The Retrofitment of hybrid electric system kit to vehicles having Gross Vehicle Weight not exceeding 3,500 kg shall be permitted if it conforms to Bharat Stage-II or subsequent emission norms, if it was not retrofitted earlier.”

Reportedly, the Ministry asked global automotive technology companies Bosch and Cummins to provide retrofitting technology. The costing of such conversion will most likely be a little less than 1 lakh. Moreover, the government also plans to ask the heavy industries ministry to incentivise people going for retrofitting under its national electric mobility mission and it is clearly mentioned that the hybrid electric systems will be installed by authorise installers only.

It also stipulated that the kit manufacturer or supplier shall obtain the type approval certificate from a specified test agency and such certificate will be valid for three years from the date of issue.

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The notification also states that that the conversion of vehicles with fitment of electric kit shall be permitted only if the vehicle was manufactured on or after January 1, 1990 and "it is not provided with permits for carrying dangerous or hazardous goods, as defined in CMV Rules, 1989."

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