Role of diesel vehicles and need for fuel efficiency regulations for heavy duty vehicles are oft discussed. SIAM has been organising its annual conference on vehicular technologies for awareness in regards to diesel vehicular technology. Discussions look to achieve solutions in addressing concerns of environment and energy security, consistent with diesel technology.
5th SIAM Diesel Roundtable, held on 2nd March 2015 was attended by senior auto industry reps, policymakers from Heavy Industries, Indian oil industry, Petroleum, Road Transport and Environment. Attendees addressed the need to discuss Indian emission roadmap. Emphasis was laid on government role to set priority on creating the groundwork towards cleaner emission norms, sustainable pricing model for diesel fuel, and policy need for fleet modernization.
Indian oil industry would be ready to make BS VI fuel available from 2020 onwards. Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises says government would decide on timelines to move to BS VI emission norms in an appropriate manner in discussion with all stakeholders.
Friedrich Boecking, Regional President, Diesel Systems Bosch says suitable development time is required for moving to BS V and BS VI emission norms for Indian oil industry This enables vehicle and engine manufacturers to develop tech to suit specific Indian road conditions, climate and driving patterns.