According to the news report published in financialexpress.com, TVS Motor Company and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) have commenced work on producing flex fuel-based engines for two-wheelers on a pilot basis in Pune. This technology helps the vehicles to use a higher percentage of blended ethanol in fuel. At present 8.6 per cent ethanol is blended in petrol and the government sets the target of 20 per cent by 2025.
The government has already asked the auto companies to check the viability of E100 or totally ethanol-based vehicles when they are adjusting themselves for E20 or 20 per cent blended fuel vehicles.
Since the government started promoting ethanol production, many companies are showing interest to invest in the sector.
Recently government had advanced the ethanol blending target from 2030 to 2025. The roadmap for ethanol blending in India 2020-25 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 5 this year on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The government believes ethanol distillation capacities in the country would be more than doubled by 2025 and India would be able to achieve a 20 per cent blending target.