Tata Motors has announced that its popular Nexon compact SUV has become the first Indian car to be published on the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS) platform for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).
The company says this achievement reiterates its holistic commitment towards making the entire lifecycle of its products sustainable – from the development of ultra-low/zero emission vehicles to responsible dismantling and recycling of the vehicle at the final ELV stage.
This milestone it says signifies the increasing commitment of Tata Motors to end-of-life across its range of vehicles and the beginning of the sustained declaration of dismantling procedures across its entire range of vehicles that are complex with increasing technological content, though over the years commercial vehicles have achieved good levels of recyclability where dismantling procedures are better understood.
IDIS is a central repository of Manufacturer Compiled Information used by over 25 global manufacturers from over 40 countries across Europe and Asia and Tata Nexon becomes the first Indian car to join the group.
Tata Motors says it will provide all relevant information for responsible vehicle handling, starting with information about draining automotive fluids, the neutralisation of airbags and seat belt tensioners, and all the way up to the dismantling of components containing particularly hazardous substances. This will now enable the Indian Authorised Vehicle Scrapping Facilities (AVSF) to undertake environmentally safe dismantling practices recommended by Tata Motors and implement them to work towards a cleaner environment.
The OEM says the publishing of the Tata Nexon ELV process on IDIS also complements the government’s initiative towards Vehicle scrappage policy and Automotive Industry Standards (AIS 129), contributing to the protection, preservation and improvement of the quality of the environment and energy conservation.
Rajendra Petkar, president and 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 minimal 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.”
The carmaker also says it has established a proprietary International Material Data System (IMDS) where all suppliers mandatorily declare details of the material used for manufacturing vehicle components. It also releases design and system standards for recyclability and maintaining control over the usage of hazardous substances and material marking as part of Performance Attribute Targets (PAT) of Environment Management.