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Diesel Ban: Mercedes-Benz plans on switching to bio-diesel vehicles

Snapshot: More than 50 models above 2000cc engine diesel cars have been banned in Delhi and the National Capital Region.

Due to the diesel car ban in Delhi and national capital region, Mercedes-Benz had to take all of its diesel vehicles off the market and forcing the brand to switch its diesel vehicles to 100 percent biodiesel (eco-friendly). Use of biodiesel as a fuel in vehicles will help in significant reduction in pollution. In December 2015, the Supreme Court ordered to ban the registration of  diesel cars with engine capacity of over 2000cc, causing increasing pollution level.

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According to Economic Times, Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport and Highways Minister, has confirmed Mercedes’ proposal. "Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% bio-diesel in their cars and buses," Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. He also added, "Mercedes India chief has told me that the standards which we have prescribed for bio-diesel can be easily used to power their motors."

As per a recent government draft notification on use of bi-diesel, says “The newly manufactured vehicles fitted with a compression ignition engine compatible to run on diesel or a mixture of bi-diesel up to 100% bio-diesel will be type approved as per the prevailing diesel emission standards.” While, the Ministry of Road and Highways has not issued the final notification on 100 percent use of bio-diesel, yet.

While the proposal made by Mercedes, on shifting its vehicle to 100 percent biodiesel is indeed a welcome move to curb pollution level. Anyhow, Gadkari's ministry decided to allow 100 percent bio-diesel for vehicles, citing its low pollution level.

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