New Delhi, Aug. 12 -- The union road transport and highways ministry has asked states to allow registration and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) without pre-fitted battery, in what may reduce the cost of such vehicles and also encourage the use of swappable batteries.

With India striving to create an ecosystem to encourage adoption of electric mobility, the latest step is expected reduce its upfront cost, as compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) fitted vehicles. Battery in an EV accounts for 30-40% of its cost. Adoption of electric mobility will also reduce vehicular pollution and reduce dependence on oil import.

The battery can be provided separately by an original equipment manufacturer or an energy service provider.

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