India has received its first R&D facility for high-end BS-VI (BS6) fuels, operated by the Indian Oil Corp (IOC). The facility is located in Delhi and was inaugurated by Dharmendra Pradhan, the Petroleum Minister.
The new R&D facility is designed to test petrol, diesel, ethanol-blended petrol, biodiesel, CNG, LNG, hydrogen-CNG, and 2G-ethanol to ensure they meet BS-VI norms.
The new BS-VI norms are set to be implemented in the country by April 2020. An official statement from the Petroleum Ministry said, "In addition to generating emission data, the facility will also evaluate the fuel blends for energy-efficiency and engine durability."
Also, on occasion, Pradhan complimented the IOC scientist for developing the nano-additised battery that is used in e-rickshaws. These batteries perform better and last longer than those available commercially.
With pollution becoming a growing concern, BS-VI norms are expected to help improve the quality of air since vehicles will run cleaner. Also, it's good to see India have an R&D centre that can help India take a giant leap from BS-IV to BS-VI norms.