Impact of Real Driving Emission (RDE) on Indian Car Market
The Indian car market may face disappointment as several popular and bestselling passenger vehicle models are facing extinction due to the implementation of new emission regulations, Real Driving Emission (RDE), set to be implemented in April 2023.
Leading automakers like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Honda, and Hyundai, have already announced price hikes for their respective models from January 2023, dampening consumer sentiment.
RDE requires vehicles to have an onboard self-diagnostic device to monitor real-time emission levels in order to meet standards. Upgraded components and microchips will lead to an increase in production cost, resulting in higher prices for new vehicles.
As a result, manufacturers may discontinue certain models in order to comply with the regulations and streamline their product portfolio. This could greatly impact the cost-effectiveness for vehicle buyers.
The report claims several popular models like Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai i20 Diesel, Honda City 4th Gen, Honda City 5th Gen Diesel, Honda Amaze Diesel, Hyundai Verna Diesel, Honda Jazz, Honda WR-V, Tata Altroz Diesel, Renaut Kwid 800, Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol, Mahindra Marazzo, Mahindra Alturas G4, Mahindra KUV100, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, Nissan Kicks may be included among the passenger vehicles that are likely to be ditched by the automakers.
The RDE is claimed to result in better compliance than the laboratory testing of vehicles’ emission standards.
The RDE will test and measure the pollutants such as NOx emitted by automobiles in a real-life environment instead of a laboratory test condition, where the current emission testing is done.