Priced similar to the BS-IV vehicles, the more eco-friendly commercial carriers emit 40 per cent less nitrogen oxides.
A company that has just turned five in the Indian commercial vehicle space is all set to lead the way for a greener tomorrow. BharatBenz, a commercial vehicle manufacturing subsidiary of Daimler automotive group of Germany, is now offering trucks compliant with Euro-V emission standards. To put that in perspective, Euro-V standards mean that these medium duty trucks (MDT) will emit 40 per cent less nitrogen oxides to the similarly priced BS-IV ones.
In a recent press conference held in Chennai, Marc Llistosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said, “Our strategic aim was to give Daimler Trucks a strong footprint in India with its immense growth potential. In just five years, we have firmly established BharatBenz as an aspirational brand in the world’s toughest commercial vehicle market.”
He further added, “For the first time, the brand progressed into double-digit market share in recent months, based on strong momentum gained with the BS-IV transition. The next three to four months look very promising.”
As per Erich Nesselhauf, MD and CEO, Daimler India, these MDTs are targeted for intra-city transportation and will help the company to move up the ladder in the CV (commercial vehicle) world. BharatBenz has confirmed that since its Indian operations went live in September 2012, it has rolled out over 55,000 trucks for the domestic market.
The company also confirmed that its production facility in Oragadam, near Chennai, has upped its working hours with two shifts. This move, according to the company, is a result of good demand as the company tries to capture 20 per cent market share in the low duty trucks space by the end of this decade.
Daimler India also plans to secure second place in the heavy duty trucks segment soon. Since 2013, it has exported over 10,000 trucks to different markets and is aiming to expand the reach to 40 markets by the end of this year.