While the government is planning to switch to stricter Euro 5 emission norms in India, this could result in a price hike for diesel cars.
Considering the situation in Delhi, which is ranked as the most polluted city in the world, the government wants to move up the emission norms to bring down the ever increasing rate of pollution. The switch to diesel motors has been related to this higher levels of pollution due to the market preference to oil burners and their better fuel efficiency.
A diesel car emits 5-10 times more particulate matter compared to a petrol car. With increase in diesel car rates, the government is optimistic that it will result in a cleaner air in the capital city.
But this won’t be a welcome move from the car manufacturers. Not only will the increase in car prices act as a deterrent in new car purchase, but also involve higher investments to meet the Euro 5 emission norms.
Previously, India had planned to move to Euro 5 emission norms in 2020, which doesn’t sound very practical at the moment with the increase in the number of cars on the streets.
Source – ET Auto