Report – New Indian fuel efficiency norms mandates 14 percent increase in mileage by 2016-17

Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 - 2:45pm IST

In a move that will possibly arrest the growth of SUVs in India, the Indian government has notified minimum fuel efficiency norms for passenger vehicles that are sold in India.

Maruti Alto 800 front and rear fascia
New fuel efficiency norms could mean more hatchbacks for India.

The norms proposed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) stipulate that from 2016-17, passenger vehicles must increase its mileage by 14 percent and 38 percent by 2021-22. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will impose harsh penalties for violations, like in the US, Germany, Japan and China.

A report on The Economic Times crunches the numbers and says that passenger vehicles – cars and utility vehicles – right now average around 16 km to the liter. The mandated average by the new norms is 18.2 km by 2016-17 and 22 km by 2021-22.

Tata Nexon Concept
The new norms could also mean lighter compact SUVs for India.

The new norms, named Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) will be mandatory for vehicles running on petrol, diesel and any form of gas and will apply also to imported vehicles. Fuel consumption will be calculated based on the vehicle’s weight and the ministry will create 8 different weight categories in order to accommodate all vehicles.

The BEE has also proposed a star-rating system, like with electricity consumption in household appliances, to indicate a vehicle’s fuel consumption.

Global NCAP Hyundai i10 crash test press shot
The cost required to meet the new norms could see OEMs treating safety as a trade-off when the most popular cars in India already fail to meet basic safety requirements.

Predictably, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), has reacted by saying that implementing these norms would be difficult and that it would entail huge costs for OEMs who are struggling in a slowing market.

This will also, SIAM says, see the cost of vehicles going up or there being a trade-off in other parameters like safety at a time when the most popular Indian cars, also the most fuel efficient, fail to meet basic safety standards.

[Source – The Economic Times]

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10 thoughts on “Report – New Indian fuel efficiency norms mandates 14 percent increase in mileage by 2016-17

  1. sandy says:

    Though I appreciate this move; thing that are left to witness is how the auto companies answer this problem technically.
    I’m waiting to know how Tata’s 1.2 turbo petrol Revoton series meets this since they are claiming for best fuel efficiency by a turbo engine trading off the power.
    How AMT improves everyday mileage run test.
    Many claims lighter weight but affordable car are less safer and I agree with that. We are barred with latest technology based on material science implemented on the car e.g JSP foam which lightens the car but can provide better rigidity and shock absorbing capacity in case of collision yet cheaper.
    So if Government enforce efficiency without compromising safety standard, we may get better products.

  2. Bhargava says:

    Safety and Environment are like two wings. None is superior or inferior. There should always be harmony between these two parameters.

    The government must AGGRESSIVELY promote and subsidize the development and import of alternative fuel technologies instead of imposing imbalanced regulations. Concentrating only on the fuel efficiency while ignoring the safety standards is very imbalanced approach.

    I don’t know why the Indian government is shying away from implementing strict safety regulations. If a basic car currently costs INR 2 lakhs, the same car with stringent safety built and safety features might cost INR 4 lakhs. A person aspiring to buy this car will just postpone his purchase by an year or two, which could be inconvenient initially, but is the best thing for the consumer, nation and the Indian automobile industry – in the long term.

  3. govind says:

    it always amazes me how stupid some people are-less weight less safety????

  4. brahma says:

    Going for fuel efficiency norms is not a great idea because more efficient cars means less weight means less metal conventially automobiles in general use steel to make cars which keeps cost of ownership less and heavy on weight alternatives are aluminum, carbon fibre if we use these the fuel efficiency increases and at the same time costs increase tata nano made of steel costs around 1.3 lakhs if made of aluminum or carbon fibre decreases weight increases fuel efficiency and at the same time increases cost of ownership and the price will be some 2.3 lakhs the best alternative is going in for alternative fuels like hydrogen

  5. Carguy says:

    Fuel efficiency norms if made made mandatory before enforcing strict safety standards will only lead to more and more pathetic sub 4 meter vans like Honda Mobilo, Datsun Go etc. being introduced with compromised structural integrity and claims of only high mileage and max number of seats.

    These vehicles can turn into nothing but family killers (like Maruti Omni) in a country where already more than 140, 000 people perish every year in road accidents. The poor driving manners and bad attitude of the existing/new drivers on our expanding highways further compound the problem.

  6. Gaurav says:

    1, 42, 482. This many people died on killer Indian roads last year not beacuse their car’s mileage was less but because of aweful traffic management. There’s just one rule on Indian roads & that’s called “me first”. Shameful, govt. is concerned about mileage but not safety.

  7. Vinod says:

    More mileage means less weight. Less weight means thin metals. Thin metals means high risk of death in case of accidents.

    What we need is not these kind of mandatory laws, but laws to increase the safety systems of cars. Also the road infrastructure should be maintained and traffic laws should be strictly mandated. These two are the most important factors when considering the loss of mileage. Majority of people are able to afford the current petrol prices and the mileage, their car returns. What they really need is that their cars should be safer.

    Many Indian cars that failed the recent NCAP tests will have passed if the safety systems are strictly mandated by the government. Safety should be the first priority in India especially considering our erratic traffics.

    1. jay says:

      You must be kidding…Toyota Prius weigh 1.6 Ton (Double than Indian cars) , have 5 star crash safety rating all over the world and it still gives mileage between 20-25 Kmpl (Petrol). Mileage increase required many parameters to work together..such as Very good Aerodynamics, Efficient Engine and Super efficient Transmission and so on…

      1. Vinod says:

        Hi Jay,

        The concern here is, the cars in sub 6 lakh category. They have the lion’s share of Indian car sales. Using aluminum or other advanced materials will shoot up enormously the cost and thereby will void their viability. Because, Ford F-150 is going to be the first mass produced fully aluminum car in the world. Jaguar also produces some cars made of aluminum. No other car company right now are producing cheap cars made of aluminum. Because aluminum cannot be welded easily and Jaguar used nuts & bolts to join two panels instead of welding. All the processes that involved here will increase cost of the car. The other material being carbon fibre which is super expensive.

        As for the fact, Toyota Prius is a hybrid car and it costs more than 20 lakhs here. The hybrid technology is the reason for its increased mileage in-spite of its weight. Hybrid technology is still are rare thing and it’s still costly. It is a good technology however. Prius also costs more than ordinary cars in western countries.

        All the other parameters you have mentioned and the R&D involved will shoot up the costs of the cars tremendously. Theses parameters are currently concentrated for super cars only as of now. We in India already have some of the very good engines.

        The best thing that can be done by the car companies to meet those mileage standards is to make the car light and throw away some weighty equipments. It will include the safety equipments.

    2. samaritan says:

      Totally wrong,,,less wt means advanced steels or aluminum…also improved safety…

      just adding safety features will increase weight .so less mileage…


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