The new BS6 emission norms in India will go into effect from 1st April 2020 which isn’t that far from today. That’s why automobile manufacturers are working round the clock to upgrade their products to meet the new emission norms. Royal Enfield too has been testing out its upgraded motorcycles, however, a hurdle has come in its path which could delay the launch of its BS6 compliant motorcycles.
As per the latest reports, Royal Enfield is charged with a lawsuit in a court of Wisconsin, US, filed by a US-based firm called Flash Electronics. RE sourced a crucial component called ‘Regulator Rectifier’ from Varroc Group. This component is a must in all BS6 compliant vehicles. The issue of concern here is that according to Flash Electronics, there is an infringement of its patent with that component and it is going to make sure that Royal Enfield is penalized and forced to stop production.
If Royal Enfield loses the case, it would have to source the ‘Regulator Rectifier’ from a different company. Since it’s a crucial component, it should be readily available with other manufacturers. However, if sourcing wouldn’t be an issue, time and cost will definitely be. And taking into the effective date of the BS6 norms in India, the pressure seems paramount.
We are hoping to hear a decision on this case soon and will keep you guys updated on the same. Stay tuned.