Star rating of cars is just nine months away. The regulatory body on energy consumption, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has proposed to the government mandatory fuel efficiency labelling on cars from April 1, 2013. While the most-fuel efficient car will get a five star rating, the least will get one star.
“There will be a well-defined methodology for testing and common benchmarking. The thinking is that we will go for voluntary labeling immediately and mandatory labeling from next year,” said Ajay Mathur, director-general, BEE, told HT.
Voluntary labeling will be notified in two-three months, said Mathur. The regulator’s intervention to ensure fuel efficiency is not limited to star rating, it will be followed by mandatory corporate fuel average for car manufacturers, which will come into force from 2015.
“Every manufacturer for all the cars he sells, the average fuel consumption should be less than a specified level,” said Mathur. “You will have large cars, small cars, fuel-efficient cars, less fuel efficient cars. But the fleet average, what we call corporate average, should be less than a specified level. We have got a specified standard for 2015 and 2020,” he added.
This will effectively limit the scope of manufacturers to make gas guzzlers as they will be mandated to keep the average fuel efficiency of their cars at certain level.
The fuel economy standard is already in place in the US and Europe.