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Govt to make it essential for auto companies to make flex-fuel engines: Gadkari

  • Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that government will make it compulsory for vehicle manufacturers to develop flex-fuel vehicles after it gets permission from Supreme Court.

  • The government is aiming for an ethanol economy, the minister shared. 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has informed that the government will make it compulsory for all vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines after it gets permission from the Supreme Court, as per a PTI report.

In an annual session of industry body PHDCCI, Gadkari shared that the government is putting all efforts to create an ethanol economy.

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“We are going to make it mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines (that can run on more than one fuel)," the road transport and highways minister was quoted as saying in the report.

The minister reinstated that this rule will be made compulsory after obtaining permission from the Supreme Court. “We have submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court. When we get the permission of the Supreme Court, then we will make it mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines," he said in the report.

(Also read | Nitin Gadkari wants ‘significant discount’ for EV buyers who scrap old vehicles)

Flex-fuel or flexible fuel is an alternative fuel that is developed by combining conventional fuels and methanol or ethanol. Gadkari pointed that countries like Brazil, Canada and the United States already have automobile companies that manufacturer flex-fuel engine vehicles. He also pointed out that ethanol is much cheaper than petrol and diesel.

In the report, he suggested that the military should restrict the use of diesel engines and instead start using trucks that are powered by CNG, LNG and ethanol. He also mentioned that the aim to develop an ethanol-based economy has received support as 450 factories have shown interest in producing ethanol.

(Also read | India aims to set up ethanol pump network in 6 months: Gadkari)

Gadkari stressed the need to switch to indigenous fuels and also added that the government is working to make the automobile industry worth 15 lakh crore industry that will also offer additional employment to around one crore people in India.

  • First Published Date : 01 Oct 2021, 10:15 AM IST