Prepare to drive a car with a flex-fuel engine next year. here’s why
Indian car or two-wheeler buyers will soon be able to purchase their favorite vehicle with a flex-fuel engine at its heart. If the advice of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is implemented on time, the first vehicles with flex-fuel engines could hit the markets by the summer of next year.
Days after issuing an advisory to automakers to introduce flex-fuel engines in vehicles within six months, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari reiterated the need to make the switch quickly.
In a series of tweets, Gadkari said automakers are expected to start manufacturing flex-fuel vehicles and rugged flex-fuel hybrid electric vehicles that meet BS-6 standards within a limited time frame. Gadkari said the plan is in line with Aatmanirbhar Bharat and the Centre’s policy on promoting ethanol as a transportation fuel.
Flex fuel vehicles are capable of running on a combination of 100% gasoline or 100% bioethanol and their blends, as well as powerful hybrid electric technology in the case of powerful flex-fuel hybrid electric vehicles.
Gadkari also reiterated how flex-fuel engines can reduce carbon emissions to help India meet the target committed at COP26. The move will also help India lower its fuel import bill at a time when gasoline and diesel prices have skyrocketed.
The Center has implemented a production-linked incentive program (PLI) for automobile manufacturers, manufacturers of automotive components and automotive components of flex-fuel engines to accelerate the introduction of flex-fuel vehicles. Gadkari had said earlier that automakers like TVS Motors and Bajaj Auto have already started making flex-fuel engines for their two-wheelers and three-wheelers as well.
According to an official statement, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has stipulated that in addition to conventional fuel, authorized entities are required to install a facility for marketing at least one new generation alternative fuel – compressed natural gas. (CNG), biofuels, liquefied natural gas (LNG), charging points for electric vehicles, etc. – compliance with various legal directives and immediate measures must be taken to introduce flex-fuel motor vehicles.