German auto components and technology supplier Bosch Group is ready to supply components conforming to Bharat Stage-VI emission norms. The 70-billion euro company, which runs three plants in Bengaluru, is ready with its new bouquet of products for both diesel and petrol engines, a top company executive from Germany said.
“We are ready to supply engine control unit for single and two-cylinder engines to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so that they can meet BS-VI emission standards. We are waiting for the OEMs to come out with their specific requirements based on the standards being released by the government,” Werner Philipp, executive vice-president, Gasoline Systems, Electronic Control for Diesel and Gasoline Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH, told FE.
Philipp said Bosch has manufactured capability in ten countries including India for components that meet new emission standards. The company recently enhanced the capability at its manufacturing plant at Naganathapura to produce BS-VI compliant components near Bengaluru. It is currently exporting Euro-VI compliant engine control units to six countries around the world including Europe, he said.
The plant currently manufactures and exports two million engine control units to Europe, North America, Korea and Japan among other countries, he said.
R&D engineers from Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited (RBEI) have contributed significantly to the development of both hardware and software required for the engine control units along with their counterparts in Germany, Philipp said.
“We are prepared to start manufacturing at Naganathapura. But, it is a big challenge to skip BS-V and adopt BS-VI norms. The auto industry in fact is waiting for the government to give them exact specifications and parametres to meet the BS-VI emission standards,” Philipp said.
The government, earlier this year, decided to advance the implementation of Bharat Stage (BS)-VI emission standards by a year, to April 2020. In the process, it decided to skip the BS-V emission standard. The government had earlier planned to implement BS-V from 2019 and BS-VI from 2021 for four-wheelers. In the new emission standard, particulate matter emission for diesel cars would be 80% less than BS-IV and nitrogen oxide (NO) level would be 83% lower.
However, adoption of the new emission standards will result in prices of vehicles going up. The car industry estimates that diesel cars would cost Rs 1 lakh more and petrol car prices would go up by R20,000.
“It is very difficult to estimate at this stage how much cost increase will be there for end-customer. It is left to the passenger car makers to decide on the price rise. It is too early to guess the price rise,” Srinivasa, vice president, Regional Business Unit, Diesel Gasoline Systems India, RBEI said.