Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) directed all manufacturers that all vehicles sold from April 1, 2017, should be BS IV compliant and every manufacturer is gearing up for the change.Currently Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, districts of Mumbai, Thane, and Pune, and four districts of Gujarat are having BS IV emission levels. This is over and above Delhi and 13 other cities which is having BS IV emission since April 2010.
Though its widely appreciated about the implementation of BS IV for Auto industry, understand that some manufacturers are worried about the unsold inventory and loss of sales due to increased price upto 1.5 lks. Inline with this and in a direction to delay the implementation, SIAM has also written to EPCA that it will be “very difficult” for manufacturers to comply with this order.
EPCA observed that switching to BS IV as early as possible will have an enormous air pollution benefit, say upto 80% reduction in particulate matter (PM) emissions. But with the firms still unprepared for this transition, the enforcement of the BS IV norm is likely to slow down. Officials from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas (MoPNG) had informed EPCA that BS IV fuel would be available nationwide by April 1, barring small border areas. Representatives from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) told EPCA that all manufacturers had vehicles, which are BS IV type approved.
Due to the current difference of opinion from some of manufacturers, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles MD & CEO Erich Nesselhauf voiced saying “Continuing discussions on BS-IV are reflecting obvious attempts of some players in the Indian commercial vehicle industry to dilute this upcoming transition of emissions standards. Recent studies on air quality show how important this project is for the people and the environment. It should not be diluted for commercial interests. There is no acceptable reason for any delay, as everyone in the industry had enough time to get ready for the transition.”
Nesselhauf also added that BS-IV vehicles are in fact economically beneficial for the customers as they deliver more kilometres per litre compared to BS-III and can therefore reduce the import bill of the Government of India. “We will shift production of BharatBenz trucks in March to vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art BS-IV technology only,” he added. “We have been selling several hundred BS-IV vehicles since August 2015. The positive feedback from these early BS-IV customers clearly tells us that BharatBenz is fully ready for the transition. We have extensively trained our BharatBenz dealers and service personnel for our BS-IV technology – our Customers can expect a smooth transition to the BS-IV standard,” he said.
Bharatbenz is using SCR technology for its complete BSIV range of trucks and the current level of reports from the field and from Customer’s have given positive feedback on the trucks in terms of fuel performance. Its to be noted that BharatBenz has the highest power to weight ratio for any given truck in its category and yet it offers a comparable or better fuel performance than other trucks.