Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), in an event
organised at their manufacturing facility in Chennai, showcased their BS VI
readiness for efficient transition. DICV has also invested around Rs 500 Crore
to localise EURO VI, Europe’s equivalent emission standard, technology for
Indian busses and trucks.
Satyakam Arya, MD and CEO, DICV, stated, “Being a global
manufacturer, gives us the opportunity to leverage knowledge and technologies
from our R&D centres. We already have 1.4 million vehicles confirming to
EURO VI emission norm. Daimler has around 20 years of experience in this
DICV has invested
around INR 500 Crore to localise their EURO VI technology for India, completing
two million kilometres of testing, developing new facilities and over 1000 new
parts, and achieving an outstanding localisation rate above 80 per cent on its
“The transition to BS
VI opens up more opportunities to export fully-built vehicles, engines and
parts to countries like Mexico, Chile and Brazil that will soon migrate to
similar emission norms. This further strengthens India’s position as a global
production network for Daimler Trucks and Buses,” Arya explained.
on the availability of BS VI fuel in India, DICV will officially launch its
upgraded range of BS VI trucks and buses in Q1 of 2020. DICV will begin
exporting its OM926 engine series internationally by
The DICV Oragadam plant
which manufactures the vehicles is the only Daimler location worldwide which
produces engines, transmissions, trucks and buses catering to four brands –
BharatBenz, FUSO, Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner.
In addition to
completing over 2 million kilometers of BS VI testing in varied geographies for
BharatBenz Heavy Duty and Medium Duty Trucks, DICV is also gearing up its
after-sales network with learnings from other markets. These competencies have been
incorporated into training modules at its dealerships, which now spread across
India with over 200 customer touchpoints nationwide.
DICV will be launching a bus and a truck variant which will be capable of
carrying 42 tonne load and will have a 270 HP engine.
vehicle: downfall and way ahead
Factors like new axle policy that increased carrying
capacity of the CVs after 35 years led to lesser sale numbers and rise of
prices in CV segment. Industry needs to meet the deadline of BS VI from April
2020. For the same sales have dropped as its not concerns over launching BS VI
compliant vehicles rather manufacturers are concerned about the price of the
new BS VI vehicles.
Speaking to APF on the sidelines of the preview event, Pradeep Thimmaiyan, Head, Product Engineering-Entire Vehicles, DICV, said, “We were always one step ahead, whether it was for BS III to BS IV or
BS IV to BS VI, we have improved our after treatment technology for controlling
CO2 emissions. We currently have 35 plus test vehicles and 80 plus test engines
running across the globe.”
He further said that with DICV’s selective catalytic reduction (SCR)
technology, the company has managed to
control CO2 emissions and converting it to NOx with its after treatment mechanism.
For efficient service of the BS VI portfolio, the company is training dealers
and drivers as the new system is supposedly an intelligent system with sensors.
Drivers will have most of the vehicle under their control.
During the press Q&A session, Arya said, “There is a need to incentivise
those who buy vehicles which are more energy efficient than that stated in the
norms. The vehicle scrapping policy should
also be stringent and should have a proper mechanis, for implementation. It
should also authorise Scrap Centres. It is noted that 10 BS III truck generate
emissions that are equivalent to just one truck of BS VI truck.”
Addressing another concern over fuel availability, Thammaiyan said, “Fuel
availability is definitely a challenge while as of now all the fuel required
for testing of our vehicles is sourced from one of our fuel partners located in
Right fuel is also important for our vehicles. If the Ad Blue that confirms standard
parameters is not used, DICV vehicles will have limited uptime and the driver
or the operator will have to shift to right fuel.
Moreover, fuel is widely available in Delhi NCR while in India, it is available
at selective spots.