Government notifies norms for retrofitting of hybrid electric kits in old cars

In a bid to curb vehicular pollution, the government of India will allow old cars to be retrofitted with hybrid electric kits.

The statement issued by the ministry of road transport and highways says, "The Retrofitment of hybrid electric system kit to vehicles having Gross Vehicle Weight not exceeding 3,500 kg shall be permitted if, it conforms to Bharat Stage-II or subsequent emission norms, and it was not retrofitted earlier."

The statement further added that it applied to the vehicles that met emission norms and ran on either diesel or petrol only.

Car owners will  now be able fit after-market hybrid systems and electric kits in their old petrol or diesel cars.

The government had also directed key norms and rules for retrofitment of these kits to avoid cases of spurious systems and kits.