Real driving emissions (RDE) standards under BS6 phase 2 were enacted in India on April 1, 2023. All new automobiles, two-wheelers, and commercial vehicles must meet the most recent emission requirements. But how is the switch to BS6 phase 2 norms different from the current BS6 phase 1 standards, given all the publicity surrounding it? This article has explained it.
Emission Standards Comparing BS6 Vs BS6 Phase 2 Norms
On April 1, 2020, India’s BS6 emission standards went into force. The Indian government decided to forgo BS5 entirely and transition directly from BS4 to BS6. It significantly impacted the automobile industry because although cars grew more expensive and environmentally friendly, diesel cars completely disappeared from the small car hatchback and sedan categories due to high upgrade costs and little demand.
The BS6 regulations, which placed stricter restrictions on the quantity of pollutants that vehicles might produce, required that they be equipped with cutting-edge pollution control technologies like particle filters, selective catalytic reduction, and improved engine management systems. All vehicles will now be equipped with an OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system to monitor real-time emission levels under the BS6 phase 2 emission norm, which occurred on April 1, 2023.
It is important to note that real-world driving habits and traffic conditions might affect the emissions of any BS6 phase 2 compliant vehicles of the same make and model. The main distinction between BS6 phase 1 and BS6 phase 2 requirements is that, unlike the first stage, which only required laboratory testing for automobiles, BS6 phase 2 compliant models will also need to meet real-world emission standards.
Price Increase For Vehicles Due To BS6 Vs BS6 Phase 2 Regulations
With the transition from BS4 to BS6 emission standards in April 2020, the automobile industry had to bear the burden of technological advancements and significantly more expensive petrol bikes and other vehicles. The impact, though, is not anticipated to be as significant this time. According to the make and model, cars will cost anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 more than two-wheelers that are BS6 phase 2 compliant, which will cost an additional Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000.