With the successful development of BS-VI vehicles Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has been made the global export hub for BS-VI (Euro-6 equivalent) vehicles by its parent company Daimler Trucks and Buses. DICV will begin exporting its OM926 engine series internationally by 2021/22.
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. The new Euro-6 engine will add yet another feather in its cap.
Worldwide, Daimler has already sold over 1.4 million vehicles with Euro-6 technology, an equivalent emissions standard. It has been selling this emission compliant vehicles in over 40 countries for the past nine years and has a cumulative run of over 500 billion kilometers worldwide. In addition to this legacy, DICV’s research and development on BS-VI is supported by Daimler’s operations in the US, Mexico, Brazil, UAE, Germany, South Africa and Japan.
DICV received certification for BS-VI back in July 2019 from ARAI, proving they have successfully adapted their expertise with Euro-6 to the Indian market. The company today showcased its readiness to transition to the new emission norms, which will be effective from April 2020. At the event, Satyakam Arya, Managing Director & CEO, DICV, said, “Daimler’s experience of already bringing 1.4 Million Euro-6 trucks and buses on the roads means we are easily ready to transition our BharatBenz trucks and buses to BS-VI by the April 2020 deadline. With this head start, we will begin exporting India-built trucks by 2021/2022.”
DICV invested around INR 500 crore to localise their Euro-6 technology for India. After the development of the vehicle the company has so far completed about two million kilometers of testing with 35 test vehicles and 80 plus test engines. The project also includes developing new facilities and over 1,000 new parts, and achieving a localisation rate of over 80 percent on its products. It has set itself a target to reach 90 percent soon.
“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,” he said.
Depending on the availability of BS-VI fuel in India, the company will officially launch its upgraded range of BS-VI trucks and buses in Q1 of 2020. In addition to testing the new breed of vehicles the company 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.
NB: Photo is representational.