Tata Motors, the popular homegrown carmaker, has today announced that the Tata Nexon, the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue rival that sells in decent numbers, has achieved the status of being the first Indian car to be published on the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS) platform for End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV). With this, Tata Motors goes on to reiterate its holistic approach to make the life cycle of its products sustainable – that is, from the development of ultra-low/zero-emission vehicles to dismantling and recycling of the vehicles at the end of the lifecycle.
Therefore, the latest development goes on to signify the increased focus of Tata Motors to “End of Life” scenario of all the vehicles in its product range through the sustained declaration of dismantling procedures. It must be noted here that this step holds high importance as passenger cars have become complex with increasing technological content. That said, over the years, most of the commercial vehicles have enjoyed a high level of recyclability as dismantling procedures of such vehicles are less complex and hence, better understood.
It must be noted here that IDIS, a central repository of ‘Manufacturer Compiled Information’, is put in use by over 25 global manufacturers spread across 40 countries in Europe and Asia. Tata Nexon, as we said, is the first Indian car to become a part of the elite group of vehicles covered by IDIS. With this, Tata Motors will go on to provide all the required information required for correct vehicle handling. The information will include steps to correctly drain all the fluids, neutralize airbags and seat belt tensioners and dismantle components with hazardous substances. This will help the Indian Authorised Vehicle Scrapping Facilities (AVSF) to easily undertake safe dismantling practices and implement them to achieve a cleaner environment.
The publishing of the Tata Nexon ELV process on IDIS also complements the government’s initiative towards Vehicle scrappage policy & Automotive Industry Standards (AIS 129), contributing to the protection, preservation and improvement of the quality of the environment and energy conservation.
Speaking on the latest development, Mr Rajendra Petkar, President & CTO, Tata Motors, said “At Tata Motors, our commitment to following sustainable practices is absolute. Accordingly, all our products are designed from the inception stage itself with high levels of recyclability potential to minimise material waste. Use of hazardous substances is restricted to bare minimum while manufacturing and now with a defined process to manage ELV, we are laying down the path for responsible dismantling and recycling at the vehicle’s end of life stage. We are hopeful that such pioneering initiatives will encourage all auto industry stakeholders as well as customers to consciously consider sustainability and environment safety in their decision making process while building and purchasing vehicles.”