The air quality in India is the lowest that it has ever been. Low air quality leads to low standards of life where you are at a higher risk to fall sick. After signing the Paris Climate Agreement, the government is actively taking measures to reduce the carbon emission level in the country by 33-55%. One way to do this is to reduce the pollution caused by vehicles. So in 2000, the government of India introduced Bharat Stage Emission standards to keep a check on the air pollution caused by combustion engines of cars.
How is BS6 different from BS4?
Bharat Stage 4 were emission norms that were followed before the implementation of BS6 norms. BS6 norms are stricter and provide norms enforcing more cleaner quality. BS6 fuel has 5 times lesser sulfur content compared to the fuel that was used before. It also reduced Nitrogen Oxide content in the fuel by 70% for diesel engines and by 25% for petrol engines. All these factors make BS6 fuel the cleanest fuel to date.
After BS6 norms came into the picture it put India on par with the US and European equivalent emission norms.
Top cars that are compliant with BS6 norms-
From April 2020, it became mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers, both two-wheelers and cars, to manufacture, sell, and register only BS6 compliant vehicles. The top BS6 compliant vehicles are-
1. Maruti Suzuki Alto
Maruti Suzuki Alto is a family car that is known for its comfort and reliability. This car has undergone some significant changes throughout the years and its 800cc engine has also been upgraded to align with the BS6 emission norms.
2. Tata Tiago
Tata Tiago with its sleek design and features is one of the most sought-after cars. The interior design and the new dashboard layout give the car a more upmarket feel. Equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a power of 83bhp. The car is also BS6 compliant and ensures minimal carbon emission. This car strikes a perfect balance between performance and style.
3. Ford Figo
This American car brand’s hatchback is known for its off-road performance. To comply with the BS6 norms, the manufacturer has upgraded 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines without any change in the performance of the car.
4. Hyundai Creta
With exceptional engine performance and the comfort this car provides makes it the perfect car for long journeys. This car has undergone a series of upgrades to make it compliant with BS6 norms. Creta sports a 1493cc engine that generates a power of 113.42 bhp.
5. Toyota Glanza
Toyota Glanza was one of the first models of the ‘Toyota-Suzuki’ collaboration. The simple design but powerful performance of the engine makes Glanza one of the most purchased cars in India. It is equipped with a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine that is compliant with BS6 norms.
In conclusion, it is extremely important to take steps that protect our environment. These norms are a step in that direction and will help reduce rampant air pollution. Tackling this problem will also help in reducing various problems like smog, respiratory health issues amongst the population, etc. So it’s high time we start taking care of the environment and choosing compliant vehicles for our next purchase.