The World Environment Day celebrated today encourages people to a car for the environment and save resources as much as possible. Certain methods to conserve resources include running a building or household for one hour or so in order to reduce the stress on the environment. While these aren't long-term solutions to conserve resources, a car company has taken the conservation of one particular resource, water to the next step. Maruti Suzuki India Limited has now introduced its Dry Wash System in over 1,100 workshops across the country and will eventually follow this for cleaning the cars coming in for service.
In this system, the cars that come for cleaning will use water for underbody washing, however, the rest of the exteriors would not use one-tenth of the quantity (approximately). This cleaning process consists of a dry foam polish, hand gloves made out of a material similar to a towel, wipers for glass areas and micro fibre cloths. The entire kit is available to customers at a retail price of Rs 12,000, however, a smaller kit which includes a pre-mixed polish and a microfibre cloth is available for Rs 860 inclusive of all taxes.
As you can see here a Ciaz is undergoing the cleaning process in which the excess dust was fist wiped off, after which the dry foam polish was applied. The system at workshops uses an air compressor which pressurises the dry foam polish put in a reservoir and sprayed on the car. One litre of water is mixed with 50 ml of the dry foam polish. The foam polish is available in the high-end kit in a one-litre format and it can clean over 20 cars. Once the foam polish is applied, it is allowed to settle for a few minutes and then spread over with the towel gloves.
The foam enters all the tiny gaps and crevices ensuring that the car is completely covered with it. Once this is done, the foam is wiped off using a microfibre cloth turning it completely clean. In addition, before the microfibre cloth is used to clean the car, wipers can be used to clean the glass areas. The entire process of cleaning the exterior of the car takes approximately 20 minutes as opposed to the conventional system which takes about 45 minutes. In 2016-17, Maruti Suzuki saved 216 million litres of water. Such small initiatives surely go a big way without losing out on customer satisfaction while reducing the precious resources like water.
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