Following the footsteps of India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki, French automaker Renault has decided that the company will stop selling diesel vehicles from 2020, when the Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) emission norms kick in, reports Economic Times.
According to the report, global chief executive officer (CEO) of Renault, Thierry Bollore, confirmed that the company will stop selling diesel cars in India from next year. On whether Renault will do so from April 2020, he said, “I believe so.”
The stringent BS-VI emission norms are set to be implemented from April 2020, across all vehicle variants and categories. In this light, Maruti Suzuki in April this year had announced its decision to discontinue the sale of diesel run vehicles in the country as the costly transition to BS-VI compliant engine technology would make the smaller cars unaffordable.
The Renault CEO said that globally many countries and cities are going for cleaner fuels and strict regulations are being adopted to discourage the usage of diesel.
“ Today, there is a clear regulatory approach saying that diesel is not welcome. Even ICE (internal combustion engine) is not welcome in future in Europe as well. All regulations are designed to push the car industry towards EV (Electric Vehicles) or very refined powertrains, hydrogen or this type of clean mobility. That's the trend," he said, as reported by Business Standard.
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