India to permit ethanol-based ‘flex engines’ in vehicles, says Minister Nitin Gadkari


India has decided to allow ethanol-based ‘flex engines’ in its vehicles and will soon come out with a policy in three months, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Switching to locally-produced ethanol will help India lower crude oil import and it will be less polluting and cost-saving.

Speaking at the launch of a mentoring initiative developed by the bank for small businesses in Maharashtra, Gadkari said, “We are following the US, Brazil and Canada and launching a flex engine facility to all the consumers in the country.”

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 government has already started giving permission to set up 100 per cent ethanol petrol pumps, he said.

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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