The Indian car buyers will soon get to know how fuel efficient a car is just by looking at the car. People need not drive a car for several kilometres just to ascertain how many litres of fuel is needed to travel say 100 kilometres. The Bureau Of Energy Efficiency will soon enforce a new 5 star rating system based on car's fuel efficiency.
The BEE's 5 star rating system on cars will be effective from April 2013. Cars will carry stickers on them which clearly show their fuel economy. BEE, the central government agency believes such rating of cars will help Indian car buyers buy more fuel efficient cars.
The Bureau Of Energy Efficiency is a central government agency that is aiming to promote efficient use of energy. It started its campaign first by providing a 5 star rating system to electrical implements based on the amount of electricity they consume. A similar logic is now being implemented for cars.
While the proposal to introduce the 5 star rating system for cars has been around for sometime, the BEE has now stated that carmakers will have to start following the system by April 2013. The BEE has classified cars on thei amount of fuel needed to travel 100 kilometres with the car needing the least amount of fuel rated with five stars.
Here is how cars will be classified under the new 5 star rating system
5 Stars: A car needing up to 7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers
4 Stars: A car needing 7 to 9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers
3 Stars: A car needing 9 to 11 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers
2 Stars: A car needing 11 to 12 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers
1 Star: A car need more than 12 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers
The BEE has stated that carmakers can begin voluntary rating of cars from this month while mandatory rating will start from April 2013. It is yet unclear if BEE will be using its own methodology to ascertain the fuel efficiency of cars or will it follow the ARAI certified mileage figures.