India notifies mileage increase norms for passenger cars
India has notified that new mileage norms under ‘Corporate Average Fuel Consumption’ (CAFC) standards for passenger cars will come into effect by 2016-17. These new norms will encompass all vehicles and all fuels including petrol, gas and diesel. The new stipulation will also be applicable to all imported vehicles.
Under new norms, all passenger vehicles should see an increase of at least 14% in mileage from 2016-17 and 38% in the following five years. The basic mandate under these new regulations will see mileage of 18.2 kmpl by 2016-17 and 22 kmpl by 2021-22. The current limit is 16 kmpl for cars, vans and utility vehicles.
Fuel consumption will be calculated on the basis of weight of the vehicles. Once this new mandate comes into effect, saving of fuel by 2025 could be to the tune of 20 million tonnes which in turn will result in a gain of 90,000 crores per year. (via)