It’s been a few years that people became became aware of BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) Star Ratings, as these stars determines the power consumption of any home appliances like TV, Refrigerator, Air Conditioner etc. Now, in order to set new standard for fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emission, BEE has decided to categorise cars available in India. It will be the same rule, the more star a car will have, the more fuel efficient that car will be; and yes, you’re guessing it right, the more star rating a car will have, the more costly it will be!
According to Mr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, BEE, customer will be able to choose cars based on their fuel saving capacity as this labelling programme will commence from April 1, 2013.
“It will be mandatory for manufacturers to bring only those car models in the market which are matching our fuel efficiency standards from April 1, 2013. They will have star categories with five-star being the most fuel efficient and one-star the least”, Mr. Mathur said.
According to another official, “Under this car labeling programme, the car manufacturers will have to continuously reduce the average fuel consumption of cars sold by them over the next 10 years. BEE hopes to achieve the reduction in fuel consumption per 100 km from the present 6 litres to 5.1 litres by 2016 and up to 4.4 litres per 100 km by 2021”. As a matter of fact, BEE released a Consultation Paper defining fuel efficiency standards (based on fuel consumption in litres per 100 Kilometres) in November 2011, under the Ministry of Power.
Surprisingly, only 9 to 16 per cent cars are fuel efficient in India. With increasing average weight of the cars, their fuel efficiency is being affected. A consultation paper of BEE had revealed that of the total 330 car models in India, only 32 fell within Five-Star category, while 52 fell in Four-Star category.
As per the BEE’s assumption, cars in Five-Star category are those which roughly consume up to seven litres of fuel for 100 km. Those consuming between seven and nine litres fall in four-star category whereas those between nine and 11 litres per 100 km belong to the three-star category. Cars consuming 12 litres of fuel for 100 km and beyond are in the One-Star category. Primary findings of BEE reveals that 105 car models fall in Three-Star category, 69 car models belong to Two-Star category and 72 Car Models belong to One-Star category.
To all our surprise, the sale of 1-star and 5-star models contributes the lowest between 62 and 72 vehicles per 1,000 vehicles. The sale of Four-Star car models contributes the highest at 625 in 1,000 vehicles. Two-Star and Three-Star rated car models are selling at 535 to 585 cars among 1,000 vehicles each.
News Source: Economic Times