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The road transport and highways ministry of India is planning on a new proposal. According to their new proposal, all car manufacturers in the country will be mandated to use 70 per cent galvanised steel on the body panels.
According to a copy of the ministry note with Economic Times, galvanised steel on the car's body panels will make the vehicle, structurally safer and less prone to corrosion. The note also states that automakers in India use only 30 per cent galvanised steel for the domestic market. However, this increases to 70 per cent in the export market.
The new proposal, which comes under ‘corrosion prevention rule for motor vehicles', will be for cars that are produced in India, while being priced under Rs 10 lakh. It is based on a study conducted by IIT-Mumbai in 2015. The study pointed out the effects of corrosion on the vehicles durability and safety.
The government has assigned the Automotive Research Association of India and the International Centre for Automotive Technology in Pune and Manesar, respectively to study the proposal and prepare a report on the same.
A top official in the ministry, stated, "We keep getting a number of proposals and we do seek expert opinion of testing agencies." The move to mandate 70 per cent galvanised steel on car body panels will also help establish certain standards, to enhance road safety.
Galvanising is a process of coating zinc over a layer of steel, in a controlled manner. The zinc coating on the steel sacrifices itself slowly to protect the steel underneath from corrosion. The layer also protects the strength and safety of the steel on the body panels of cars.
Galvanisation on Cars
Galvanising steel body panels has been a common practice for decades in places like Europe, North America and Japan, while also providing anti-perforation warranties.
However, in India, cars are generally made from coated steel. This provides a premium look and feel for the cars, but fails to offer the anti-perforation warranties, as seen in global markets.
Indian car manufacturershave off-late started galvanising steel, although, it is mostly for the vehicles being exported.
Thoughts On The New Government Proposal To Galvanise Car Body Panels
Galvanising is an easy way to protect the car, not only from corrosion, but also help maintain the structural strength of the body panels. The process is a common practice in most global markets, with India lagging behind. The proposal, if implemented, will provide better safety, while also establishing standards, in-line of global markets.
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