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Air quality and filters in India

The Indian government has declared war on air pollution and made some tough and unpopular decisions. As of 2020, the “Bharat Stage VI” emissions standard will be introduced, which, with a few deviations, corresponds to the Euro 6 standard applicable in Germany. Stage IV currently applies in India, the fifth stage is completely skipped. The rapid introduction of strict limit values ​​is a challenge not only from the perspective of the automotive industry. The mineral oil industry must also act and introduce particularly clean fuels. Both sectors are preparing for their introduction and, according to observers, are on the right track.

The target set by the government to convert all vehicles to electric drives by 2030 represents a much greater challenge. In a recently published study, the Indian Automobile Industry Association (SIAM) came to the conclusion that in 2030 all new vehicles for local public transport would be electrically powered, but only 40 percent of all cars and trucks sold nationwide. 100 percent of all vehicles would not be equipped with battery-electric drives or fuel cells until the 100th anniversary of Indian independence, i.e. in 2047. At the same time, automakers are working on significantly reducing exhaust emissions from gasoline and diesel engines. The introduction of 48-volt hybrid drives is intended to improve both the pollutant balance and the efficiency of internal combustion engines. According to experts, many technical measures are still possible, from optimizing combustion to better fuel injection. In addition, it has long been recognized that efficient exhaust gas aftertreatment has a direct impact on local air quality.