In its next step forward to provide BS-VI compliant fuel, government owned oil manufacturer Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has inaugurated a BS-VI Emission Testing Facility at company's Research & Development Centre in Faridabad on Monday. Indian Oil claims that the new fuel testing facility is designed to test all types of fuels including petrol, diesel, ethanol-blended petrol, bio-diesel, CNG, LNG, Hydrogen-CNG and 2G-ethanol blends. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had earlier announced to skip BS-V emission norms and directly implement BS-VI norms by April 2020.In addition to generating emission data, the facilities will also evaluate the fuel blends for energy efficiency and engine durability. Earlier in November 2016, Indian Oil had also dispatched BS-VI compliant diesel to OEMs like Honda Cars and Mahindra and Mahindra.
At the inauguration of the R&D centre, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas in his inaugural speech complimented senior scientists for developing a nano-additised battery for use in e-rickshaws, with better efficiency and longer life than commercially available batteries, he urged them to take its benefits to the market at the earliest.
The Indian auto-industry is dependent heavily on the availability of BS-VI compliant fuel to meet the April 2020 deadline. The tough stance taken by the Supreme Court on the implementation of BS-IV norms last year indicates that no additional time will be provided to OEMs to roll out Euro-6 equivalent vehicles in India.
If reports are to be believed then almost every car and UV manufacturer have already started working towards rolling out BS-VI compliant vehicles. Indian arm of Japanese auto-maker Honda Cars India confirmed that it had received 5 diesel barrels from IOC's Mathura oil refinery for testing claiming to be the first company to test the BS-VI fuel.
Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, Honda Cars India had earlier said "Honda is committed to meet the challenge of achieving BS VI emission norms in the country by 2020. Honda R&D received the first batch of BS VI High Speed Diesel from Indian Oil in November 2016 and is the first automobile company in India to begin the BS VI real drive testing in the country. We are pursuing development testing for Bharat Stage VI emission norms compliance."