Cars that have a standard tyre pressure monitoring system and puncture repair kit will be allowed to run without a spare wheel.
By an amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, the Indian Government has notified that cars with tubeless tyres that can accommodate up to 8 people and come with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and a tyre repair kit can run without a spare tyre. Currently, only the more premium cars in India that have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that monitors the inflation pressure of the running vehicle and simultaneously alerts the drivers in case of a sudden reduction in the pressure.
The Road Transport Ministry on Monday notified, “As of now installing the TPMS is voluntary as an added feature. But there is a high probability of more demand for this in the near future to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles and also to reduce mishaps.” Similarly, the puncture repair kit is known as an inflator kit that can be used to pour sealants and air seals to fix the puncture in minimum time.
The new rule will be of help free up more space in the car that is otherwise occupied by the spare tyres. That said, although it is applicable to all kinds of vehicles, the rule has been brought to enlarge the space in electric cars that can be used for a bigger batteries, thereby increasing the driving range.
While the Indian government has been trying to promote the sales of the electric car in the last few years, the short driving range is one of the biggest constraints for the EV buyers in addition to the lack of proper infrastructure. The new amendment will enable carmakers to increase the driving range in electric vehicles by offering bigger batteries that can be easily fitted due to increased space from not having to carry a spare wheel.
It is not known how long it takes to see the gains on EVs in India. However, we are quite sure that the manufacturers will take this opportunity to develop their electric vehicles. Even hybrid cars may find this new rule applicable. Still, it’s a matter of time before we get to see the actual benefit of the rule.