Mercedes-Benz India has announced that it plans to introduce its BS VI compliant cars in India by 2018. The German car maker has been in talks with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as well as the oil and gas firms in the country to work out the feasibility of presenting BS VI compliant cars in the country, much before the April 2020 limit set by the government. The company plans to introduce BS VI compliant cars across its entire fleet.
The car companies are waiting for all the fuel to be available and the fuel stations are waiting for all the vehicles to be there. The major challenge is the availability of adequate fuel stations supplying BSVI fuel across the country.
Mercedes Benz India MD and CEO Roland Folger told PTI that introduction of BS-VI fuels ahead of schedule must be extended to other Indian cities as well. “Also, to make this more effective and gain momentum, the government should also support this shift towards BS-VI with financial incentives for those vehicles that pre-fulfill BS-VI vehicle requirements before 2020,” he said. The corporation is hopeful that by 2020, BS-VI fuel will be made available crossways the nation, he added. Last week, three oil PSUs — IOC, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) — said they are ready to supply BS-VI grade diesel and petrol to the national capital from their refineries at Mathura, Bina and Bhatinda from April. India had in 2015 decided to leapfrog to Euro-VI emission norm compliant petrol and diesel from April 2020, from the Euro-IV grade at present.
Mercedes-Benz India is looking to partner with oil and gas firms to for higher grade petroleum. Folger spoke about Reliance Industries, which has been exporting BSVI fuel for the past five years. The company has been supplying fuel to Europe and the US. In fact, Reliance creates more BS-VI fuel for the export market than normal fuel for India. This clearly means that producing BSVI fuel at such a short notice is not impossible. It’s the supply, however, that needs to be worked out.
Recently the capital, Delhi was enveloped in a thick blanket of smog, an indication of the severe pollution issues that plagues the city. The Government decided to introduce BSVI fuels at the earliest in a bid to tackle the crisis. However, it’s regarded that the move only addressed the tip of the iceberg, with greater issues to tackle to drastically reduce the pollution levels.