NEW DELHI: The Centre is unlikely to extend the timeline for the implementation of the second phase of Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency/ Economy (CAFE) norms for vehicle manufacturers, which aims at further reducing the CO2 emission from vehicles from April 2022.
Sources said Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari made this clear to the industry at a meeting held last week where he also flagged how the vehicle manufacturers have not been able to come up with a road map to push the production of flex-fuel engines, which can run on both conventional and clean fuels such as ethanol.
Source said the industry body, in October, had assured Gadkari to come up with its roadmap for accelerating the production of flex-fuel engines by January. But they have not yet presented the report. The minister has urged the industry to take necessary steps to promote use of 100% ethanol as fuel in vehicles.
The CAFE norms aim at lowering fuel consumption or improving fuel efficiency of vehicles and this is achieved by lowering CO2 emissions. The ‘Corporate Average’ in CAFE means the weighted average of the sales volumes for vehicle manufacturers. CAFE standards are applicable for vehicles running on petrol, diesel, CNG and LPG.
The auto industry body, SIAM has been pursuing the government to defer the implementation of CAFE-2 regulations to 2024. The industry has claimed it is still recovering from the impact of Covid-19 and slow consumer demand.
The CAFE-1 norm has been applicable since 2017 and the government has set April 1, 2022 for the implementation of the second phase. These CAFE norms call for cars to turn 30% more fuel efficient from 2022 and 10% or more by March 2021.
Concurrently with BS VI, the original equipment manufacturers need to find efficient and clean power train options to meet the CAFE targets.