Daimler unhappy with talk on extension for BS-IV implementation
“It should not be diluted by commercial interests. There is no acceptable reason for any delay, as everyone in the industry had enough time to get ready for the transition.”
Said Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, “Continuing discussions on BS-IV are reflecting obvious attempts of some players in the Indian commercial vehicle industry to dilute this upcoming transition of emissions standards.”
“Recent studies on air quality show how important this project is for the people and the environment. It should not be diluted by commercial interests. There is no acceptable reason for any delay, as everyone in the industry had enough time to get ready for the transition.”
Nesselhauf further added, “We also believe that our BS-IV vehicles are in fact economically beneficial for the customers as they deliver more kilometres per litre compared to BS3 and can therefore reduce the import bill of the Government of India.”
The company also informed that it will shift production of BharatBenz trucks in March to vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art BS-IV technology only. Already, DICV’s entire BharatBenz product range of trucks above 9 to 49 tonnes has been available as BS IV variants since August 2015.
Nesselhauf said, “With BharatBenz, we have the best technology in the market based on proven solutions. We have been selling several hundred BS-IV vehicles since August 2015. The positive feedback from these early BS-IV customers clearly tells us that BharatBenz is fully ready for the transition.”
“We have extensively trained our BharatBenz dealers and service personnel for our BS-IV technology – our customers can expect a smooth transition to the BS-IV standard.”