Automakers advised to produce Flex Fuel vehicles and Flex Fuel Strong hybrid electric vehicles that meet BS-6 standards

Road Transport and Highways Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said that in order to replace India’s import of petroleum as fuel and provide direct benefits to farmers, Indian automakers have Now been urged to start manufacturing Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) and Flex Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FFV-SHEV) to BS-6 standards within six months.

In a series of tweets, he said that in line with Prime Minister Aatmanirbhar Bharat’s vision and government policy on promoting ethanol as a transportation fuel, Flex Fuel vehicles are capable of operating with a combination of 100% gasoline or 100% bioethanol and their mixtures, as well as a strong electric hybrid technology in the case of FFV-SHEV.

Shri Gadkari said the move will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on a well-to-wheel basis, helping India meet its pledge made at COP26 to reduce total carbon emissions projected to be one billion tonnes by 2030.

The government is allowing the use of various alternative fuels in an effort to move away from fossil fuels. In order to accelerate the introduction of Flex Fuel vehicles, the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program has included automotive and automotive components and automotive components from flex-fuel engines. NITI Aayog, after recognizing the solid foundations of the Ethanol Blending Program (EBP), formulated the roadmap for ethanol blending for the period 2020-2025.

In accordance with the Prime Minister’s initiatives to launch three E-100 ethanol dispensing stations in Pune on the occasion of World Environment Day, and with the regulations of the MoPNG (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas), which stipulates that in addition to conventional fuel, authorized entities are required to install an installation for the marketing of at least one new generation alternative fuel, namely compressed natural gas (CNG), biofuels, natural gas liquefied (LNG), recharging points for electric vehicles, etc., in accordance with various legal guidelines, immediate measures must be taken to introduce flex-fuel motor vehicles. Higher percentages of ethanol are expected to be blended with gasoline over the next five years, which will require the availability of flexible motor vehicles.

(With inputs to GDP)

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