India to make it mandatory for automakers to offer vehicles running 100 per cent on biofuels in next 6 months

Mumbai: Auto manufacturers will have to come up with vehicles running 100 per cent on biofuels in the next six months as India will make it mandatory, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event hosted by domestic brokerage Elara Capital, Gadkari said, “Within six months, we will give orders for making flex engines (mandatory). It will be cost-effective for consumers and reduce their expenditure on petrol.”

He said that biofuel is pollution free and is affordable at around Rs 65 per litre as against Rs 110 paid for petrol.

“The production of ethanol will continue to increase as we have surplus production of sugarcane which can be diverted to manufacture Biofuel,” the minister further added.

In countries like Brazil, Canada and US the automobile makers are producing flex-fuel engines. This gives an alternative to customers to use 100 per cent petrol or 100 per cent bio-ethanol.

The Indian government is taking various steps to enhance the ethanol production capacity in the country. Recently, Prime Miniter Narendra Modi had advanced the ethanol blending target of 20 per cent from 2030 to 2025 to reduce expenditure on crude import and lower pollution.

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