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Flex-fuel engines may take at least six months to hit India: Nitin Gadkari

After aggressively pushing for flex-fuel engines in India in an effort to promote ethanol-based gasoline to examine air pollution and rising gasoline costs, Union minister Nitin Gadkari stated that it may take longer to make it obligatory for all carmakers India.

Gadkari has been saying that the federal government desires autos with flex-fuel engines obligatory for all carmakers as a substitute to petrol and diesel automobiles.

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Flex-fuel, or versatile gasoline, is an alternate gasoline manufactured from a mixture of gasoline and methanol or ethanol.

On Wednesday, Gadkari stated that it may take greater than six months to implement the rule for carmakers. “We were planning to submit an affidavit in the Supreme Court to allow manufacturing of flex-fuel engines under the Euro IV emission norms…But now I feel that we will ask all vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines (that can run on more than one fuel) under the Euro VI emission norms in the next 6-8 months,” he stated.

The leap from Euro IV to Euro VI emission norm is analogous to what the federal government did with inside combustion engines again in 2016. Back then, an inter-ministerial group headed by Nitin Gadkari had determined to implement Bharat Stage 6 (BS 6) norm, which is equal of Euro VI norms) by skipping the Euro V emission norms.

The want to transfer to versatile or alternate gasoline has been necessitated by rising gasoline prices in addition to vehicular air pollution. Gadkari has usually confused the necessity to change to indigenous gasoline, which additionally embody hydrogen, to scale back dependency on expensive oil imports.

(Also learn: Petrol, diesel costs hiked for second straight day)

The Centre just lately issued a draft notification on ethanol mixing in petrol. It proposes 12% and 15% ethanol mixing in petrol as automotive fuels, which might be out there as E-12 and E-15 respectively. The notification got here weeks inside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of advancing the deadline for 20% ethanol mixing by 2025 from 2030.

Gadkari has additionally identified that nations like Brazil, Canada and the United States have already got vehicle corporations that producer flex-fuel engine autos. He additionally identified that ethanol is less expensive than petrol and diesel.

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