The government may go ahead with the demand for roll-out of BS VI (Bharat Stage 6) compliant vehicles, which can run on BS IV (Bharat Stage 4) fuel, presently available in the country, following the launch of such a vehicle by Mercedes-Benz in Mumbai on Friday. Mercedes-Benz on Friday, unveiled the country’s first car, an S 350d, that will run not only on BS VI fuel but also on BS IV fuel. According to the company, it has specially manufactured the S 350d to be able to run on BS IV fuel, and has received approvals from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The 350d is going to hit the Indian market sometime later in the year, the company said. Commending Mercedes,’ Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport, said that if Mercedes has made it happen, more than two years before the deadline of April 2020 for the pan India roll out of BS VI vehicles, other car makers should be able to do it too. “Pollution is going to be a huge concern. But I am really happy that Mercedes has taken an initiative. Without changing the fuel, if Mercedes can succeed to make an Euro VI vehicle run on Euro IV fuel, why is this not possible for others,” he said.
He urged car makers to consider alternatives other than conventional fuels, especially methanol and ethanol. He said that these fuels can easily be produced in the country, without any costly imports, like in the case of crude, since methanol is produced from coal while ethanol can be derived from rice husk or sugarcane. The ministry of petroleum and natural gas, in November last year, advanced the roll out of BS VI (Bharat Stage 6) fuel in the national capital territory to April 2018, due to the rising levels of air pollution.