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Mercedes-Benz rolls out BS VI compliant engines
Unless you have been ship wrecked and washed ashore to an uninhabited island, you'd be aware that we'll be skipping Euro/BS V emission implementation and enforce Euro/BS VI directly. The deadline for this implementation in India was set to April 2020.
However Mercedes-Benz India have already rolled out what are India's first ever locally produced BS VI compliant engines in the S350d, a diesel and Maybach S560, a petrol. Mercedes-Benz India will eventually expand the range and configuration of BS VI compliant Made-in-India engines.
The ace up Mercedes' sleeve is that these India-made engines are capable of running on the lower grade BS IV fuel that the country currently runs on.
April 2020 also happens to be the deadline for fuel companies to provide BS VI compliant fuel for the country. However, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping and Water Resource, who was the guest of honour at the unveiling made it known, 'To mitigate rising pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas, the Government is trying advance BS VI fuel availability in Delhi NCT by April 2018.'
BS VI standards bring the emission thresholds for diesel and petrol engines almost level. Compared to BS IV, a BS VI diesel brings down Particulate Matter by 82 percent and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions down by 68 percent.
These engines have already been tested by the Automotive Regulatory Authority of India (ARAI). The Certificate of Compliance to ARAI's Central Motor Vehicles Rule was handed over by Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI to Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO Mercedes-Benz India.