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En Route to a Cleaner Environment

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Much ahead of the deadline, the Mahindra Group is ready to launch its BS-VI compliant vehicles next year and will, in fact, be able to roll out the petrol range in 2019 itself.

Come April 2020, all vehicles in India will have to meet stringent new Bharat Stage 6 (BS VI) emission norms equivalent to the Euro 6 standards prevalent in Europe. The Bharat Stage Emissions Standards (BSES), introduced in the year 2000 are automotive emissions standards mandated by the Government of India, to keep a check on air pollutants from internal combustion engines - both petrol and diesel.

At a substantial investment of Rs 1,000 crores, Mahindra has developed 8 diesel and 8 petrol engines (most petrol engines will be CNG ready) over the past 3.5 years to prepare for the BS-VI mandate. In the process, Mahindra has filed for over 30 patents, as it worked with 125 vendors (including 32 technology vendors) developing 1,482 and 543 engine parts for its diesel and petrol powertrain platforms respectively.

Pawan Goenka, MD, M&M, said, "We are ready and we see no technical risk in taking BS VI vehicles to the market from 1 April, 2020. The team work between our engineers, suppliers and our consultants, was the best that I have ever seen. All worked like a mission chasing a challenge, which nobody in the world has ever achieved. We have achieved our time targets; cost targets and are ready with the product well in time so that there is enough time to conduct full validation, which was a major concern initially."

A vital difference between BS-VI and the outgoing BS-IV fuel is that the former contains 5 times fewer sulphur traces (10 parts per million) compared to BS-IV (50 ppm). This stricter, more restrictive norm will bring down NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) emission levels by a staggering 70% for diesel engines and 25% for petrol engines. With the rollout of the new norms, India will come on par with the US and European equivalent emissions norms.