Automakers agree to produce BS-VI vehicles by 2020

Automakers agree to produce BS-VI vehicles by 2020

Govt firm on decision, says Gadkari

Automakers agree to produce BS-VI vehicles by 2020

 With the Centre taking a firm stand on implementing the stricter Bharat Stage (BS) VI emission norms from April 1, 2020, automobile makers, who initially wanted the norms to take effect from 2022, have now agreed with the government’s decision. 

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who chaired a meeting of heads of 26 auto companies to discuss the rollout of new emission norms on Thursday, categorically told them that the government is firm on its decision and there is no change.

“We told the minister that we’ll be comfortable rolling out BS VI engines by 2022. But since the government has already made its intention clear, we’ll definitely take up the challenge,” Siam president Vinod Dasari said, adding that the industry will work a way so that all new models will come with BS VI emission norms complying vehicle from 2020.

However, on the auto makers demand that timely supply of fuel complying with BS VI, the minister agreed to take up the matter with oil companies.
Gadkari told reporters after the meeting that he did not agree with auto companies on difficulty of roll out of BS VI engines.

He had said that when the same car manufacturers can build cars following the same norms across the globe, then why can't they build it here.

In a major step to curb vehicular pollution, the government on January 6 said it will leapfrog directly from BS IV emission norms for petrol and diesel to BS VI norms.
This means, oil companies in India have to supply auto fuel compliant to Bharat Stage VI, equivalent to Euro VI norms followed globally. 

Indian refiners will need to make investments to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore for upgrading technology to supply cleaner fuels.

At present, BS IV ( similar to Euro IV) norms are followed in parts of India and by April 1, 2017, the whole country is scheduled to be covered under it. BS IV fuels contain 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur, while BS V and BS VI grade fuel is more cleaner as it will have 10 ppm sulphur.

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