The new made-in-India EV charging standard for bikes and scooters: here’s why it matters

Not only does India have very few public EV charging stations, most manufacturers have their own charging connector standards. Imagine being stuck with an Apple charger and an Android phone that is out of charge. Here’s why a national standard is key for mass EV adoption.

The international electric vehicle show at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida. 

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has approved an indigenously developed AC and DC combined charging connector standard for light electric vehicles (LEVs) such as scooters, bikes, and rickshaws. Electric vehicle (EV) charging connector standards are conceptually similar to charging connector standards for mobile phones, such as the USB Type-C charger or Apple’s lightning charger.

The new standard, ISI7017 (Part 2 / Sec 7): 2023, cleared by BIS last week, has been developed through collaboration among NITI Aayog, the Department of Science and Technology, electric two-wheeler maker Ather Energy, and various other government and industry stakeholders.

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