Start making flex-fuel vehicles in six months, Gadkari advises automakers

New Delhi | ANI: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, says to replace imported oil as fuel and provide direct benefits to farmers, Indian automakers have now been urged to start manufacturing Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFV) and Flex-Fuel Powerful 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 running on combination of 100% gasoline or 100% bio-ethanol and their blends, as well as strong hybrid-electric technology in the case of FFV-SHEVs.

The Minister said the move would significantly reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions from well-to-wheel, helping India meet its COP26 commitment to reduce projected total carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030.

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

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 marketing facility for at least one new generation alternative fuel – compressed natural gas. (CNG), biofuels, liquefied natural gas (LNG), charging stations for electric vehicles, etc. – comply with various legal guidelines and immediate action should be taken to introduce flex-fuel powered vehicles.

Higher percentages of ethanol are expected to be blended into gasoline over the next five years, which will require the availability of flex-engine vehicles.

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Talibuddin Khan

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