SIAM to Notify Fuel Efficiency Norms for Trucks and Buses
Published On Jun 13, 2016
If all goes well, very soon, fleet owners of heavy duty trucks and buses may receive fuel efficiency norms from governing bodies in order to make the vehicles more fuel efficient. After the national capital sat up and took notice of the impending issue of rising pollution levels, the government is trying to implement fuel efficient norms in other parts of the country.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers of India is currently in talks with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Heavy Industries in order to chalk out the processes to be followed for testing fuel consumption patterns on the roads using a constant speed velocity methodology.
Vishnu Mathur, director general of SIAM has said that although this method is not exactly the accurate scientific way to access fuel efficiency, there is pressure from the government to speed up the process for improving fuel efficiency in commercial vehicles.
Autocar Professional reports that the transport sector consumed 48.62MMT of diesel in FY2015, thus accounting for 70 percent of the diesel consumption in the country. A report by Nielsen in 2013 reveals that heavy commercial vehicles, light commercial vehicles and buses account for 38 percent of the diesel consumed.
The use of diesel fuel is only going to increase within the next few years owing to the high demand for cargo vehicles due to rising incomes, growing focus on development of infrastructure and increasing economic activity. Also, truck sales are predicted to resister significant growth by 2025, growing by 8.9 percent from the year 2013. Thus, this provides immense potential for increasing the fuel efficiency of these heavy vehicles on the roads.