Mercedes Benz India has announced plans to introduce models with alternative fuels that include plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicle by 2018, two years ahead of government plans to bring in more stringent emission norms.
In March this year, the Government of India had decided to skip BS-V norms and instead leapfrog to advanced BS-VI implementation. As per earlier Auto Fuel Policy, BS-V was to roll out by April 2022 and BS-VI from April 2024. But now, BSVI will roll out by 2020.
Geared to meet BS-VI requirements, Mercedes Benz India steers ahead in the introduction of models with alternative drive trains bringing in plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles into their product lineup in the country.
Mercedes- Benz India MD and CEO, Mr Roland Folger has announced readiness of these vehicles. He also expects some early bird advantages and support from the government of India in terms of certification process; and in the easy and timely availability of higher quality fuel needed for such models.
In international markets, Mercedes Benz has a wide range of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The company has invested heavily in this technology and recently announced further investment of €500 million for launch of a second battery production unit in Kamenz, Germany. At the ongoing 2016 Paris Motor Show, the company showcased Generation EQ Concept, their future of electric SUV. Besides a 10% stake in Tesla Motors by parent Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz is all ready for zero emission future.