Oil Minister Dharmendra Prasad has stated that India will move directly to Euro VI (Bharat Stage VI) compliant fuel in 2020 from the currently available Euro IV (Bharat Stage IV) fuel.
Speaking to the press, Pradhan said, "We are not going for Bharat Stage-V (or Euro-V) petrol and diesel as there is not much difference between BS-V and BS-VI (Euro-VI) fuel. We will bring BS-VI fuel by 2020."
BS-IV fuels contain 50 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur, while BS-V and BS-VI grade fuel will have 10 ppm of sulphur. Oil refineries will need to invest Rs.80,000 crore in upgrading petrol and diesel quality to meet cleaner fuel specifications by 2020.