BS VI to Be Scheduled by April 2020, Maruti to Phase Out Diesel Models
After the Supreme Court of India ruled that no Bharat Stage (BS) IV vehicles will be sold across India from April 1, 2020,it has become a challenge for auto brands to design upcoming vehicles basis norms set for BS VI. Technically, after BS IV, the norms of BS V were to be introduced but since it consists of several norms that are included in BS VI, the center announced that the country would jump directly to BS VI.
The Bharat Stage Emission Norms were announced for the first time two decades back and since then, the center has been refining auto policies for a better and cleaner India. The new decision will not be limited just to petrol vehicles but it would also involve diesel vehicles, which can be quite challenging for automobile companies.
What do BS VI norms include?
The vehicles under BS IV norms differentiate in the amount of sulfur content against the BS VI norms. According to the data, vehicles with BS IV norms release near about 50ppm (parts per million) sulfur whilst the vehicles with BS VI norms will release sulfur content up to 10ppm. But the BS VI norms are not limited to control the sulfur emission but it also cuts down the oxides of oxygen which is released from the diesel vehicles. In terms of petrol vehicles, nitrogen emission is reduced by 25%.
To work with the BS VI norms, brands will be needed to invest in technology that will help them upgrade the vehicle for the norms. Apart from that, they will have to move to the new technology to make the next lot of vehicles compliant with norms. Maruti Suzuki, a renowned and the most preferred car brand in India, has announced a brake on manufacturing diesel vehicles. According to the Maruti Suzuki Ltd Chairman R.C. Bhargava, it would increase the costing in the vehicles resulting in an increased price for the products which completely does not match the norms of a company that provides affordable vehicles with high-class amenities.
As for the consumers, they might need to spend more on purchasing their favorite vehicle. They might also be in a need to spend more on fuel but after all, the decision is taken for a better environment which ultimately is profitable for us.