As long as favourable market dynamics and regulations permit, Tata Motors Ltd. will continue to release diesel-powered variations of its current models, including the Altoz, Harrier, Safari, and the facelifted Nexon.
We want to achieve net zero by 2040, which calls for a rapid increase in EVs. Thousands of people seek diesel engine models at the same time. Our policy is straightforward because we are an OEM (original equipment manufacturer). We’ll continue to adjust to the market and the rules. Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, stated that the company would keep producing diesel cars as long as there was a market for them.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, had just urged the car industry to quit making “polluting diesel”-powered automobiles before Chandra’s comments. Additionally, he said he would ask Nirmala Sitharaman, the finance minister, to impose a “10 percent additional tax” on all diesel-powered vehicles, including cars, tractors, and construction machinery. A half-hour later, Gadkari stressed that no such idea was being given “active consideration.”
“When the regulatory requirements become so stringent that a certain powertrain cannot exist, we will follow that. We now have diesel models in only a few segments, and maybe those too will come under further pressure after BS-VII, and we will have to discontinue them. So, we will follow the market forces, and we will follow what the government brings in,” added Chandra.