He said the move would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on a well-to-wheel basis.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on December 27 said he had advised automobile manufacturers in India to introduce Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) and Flex Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicle (FFV-SHEV) based on BS-VI rules. It is advisable to do this within a specified period of six months. That means they have asked companies to build cars with engines that can run on dual fuels.
The move would lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on a good-to-wheel basis, he said. The move will help India follow through on COP26 commitments to reduce its estimated total carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030.
The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways said the change would help shift India’s petroleum imports to fuel and directly benefit farmers.
In a series of tweets, Godkari said that Flex Fuel cars could run on 100% petrol or 100% bioethanol and FFV-SHEV in combination with powerful hybrid electrical technology.
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Therefore, switching to FFV and FFV-SHEV vehicles would be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of promoting self-reliant India and the Indian government promoting ethanol as a transport fuel, he added.
Gadkari added, “It is expected that in the next five years a high percentage of ethanol will be blended into gasoline, which will require a car with a flex engine.”
The Union Minister further said, “The government is enabling the use of various alternative fuels in an effort to move away from fossil fuels. To expedite the introduction of Flex Fuel Vehicles, use the Flex in Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme. Automobiles and auto parts include fuel engines. “
He added, “After acknowledging the strong foundation of the Policy Commission Ethanol Blending Program (EBP), a roadmap for ethanol blending for the period 2020-2025 has been prepared.”