The topic about using more galvanized high quality steel in their cars has been going on for a while now. It’s a known fact that at maximum the automakers in India use 30% galvanized steel in their cars. The average galvanized steel used in modern cars globally is at least 50%. Now the road, transport and highways ministry is proposing to make it mandatory for auto-makers to use 70% galvanized steel for car body panels. Galvanization, or coating with zinc, makes steel less prone to corrosion, which in turn makes structures safer.

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But now the government has had enough and is planning to make sure that this process is reversed and car structures like body panels are made safer. The galvanization of steel has to increase to 70%. Galvanization, or coating with zinc, makes steel less prone to corrosion, which in turn makes structures safer.

All of this comes from the study that was conducted in 2015 at IIT-Mumbai which should how corrosion was affecting the structure and durability of cars in India. There was also a proposal put forward to help with this on-going practice. The ministry of road and transport has asked the Automotive Research Association of India in Pune, and the International Centre for Automotive Technology in Manesar to study the proposal and prepare a report. According to a technical expert at the ministry, the move is part of the ministry’s thrust to establish standards that will enhance road safety.

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What do you think of automakers who have opted to provide better parts and steel with high galvanization on car for export only? If these cars are made in India, should they not be receiving the same amount of safety and the same parts for manufacturing and production? Do you think that the government should take this up more sternly with automakers? Do you think that this practice has fooled Indian consumers?  Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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