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Ethanol powered Flex-fuel vehicles in India will soon be a reality

Flex-fuel vehicles in India

Large scale infrastructure to manufacture ethanol and dedicated policy are the needs of the hour.

As the Supreme Court is busy banning bigger engined diesel vehicles and taxing smaller engined ones in Delhi, the government of India is working on a policy to create a positive environment for flex-fuel vehicles (with engines that can run on 100% ethanol as well as petrol) across the nation.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (IMSA), Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, a formal announcement on flex-fuel vehicles in India will be out on January 26. He called upon the sugar industry to ramp up their production of ethanol to support the policy.

For flex-fuel vehicles to be effective in India, the country’s ethanol production should me increased manifold. India achieved 2.5% ethanol blend in petrol last year and ISMA supplied 66 crore litres of ethanol for the purpose. This year, the organization has signed a contract to supply 104 crore litres as the country is looking to raise the blend to 5%.

Scania ethanol bus India

Scania has already stated pilot testing of ethanol powered city bus in India.

For ethanol to be used as fuel in its own right rather than as a blend for petrol, the nation needs to have massive infrastructure and suitable policy. Flex-fuel vehicles in India would go a long way in reducing the country’s dependability on crude oil imports and cut pollution significantly as ethanol powered vehicles emit up to 80% less CO2 compared to fossil fuel powered vehicles.

Also read – Ethanol powered Scania Greenbus unveiled at Nagpur

The transport minister stated that he had asked Volkswagen to make flex-fuel vehicles for India. It’s to be noted that all major global OEMs have rich experience in flex-fuel technology since countries like Brazil have implemented it long ago. More automakers will eventually join the movement.

Volkswagen Tiguan (India-bound) – Photos

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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