The process of converting all vehicles in the country to ethanol-based model ie flex fuel can start from the two-wheeler segment. It is expected that two-wheeler companies can launch flex-fuel vehicles in the next 2 years.
At the Ethanol Technology Exhibition organized by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in Delhi, the CEO of TVS Motor hinted that the company may launch flex-fuel vehicles by 2024.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present during this announcement. The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister is motivating auto manufacturers in India to make clean ethanol based fuel vehicles to reduce pollution in the country as well as reduce dependence on expensive fuel imports.
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TVS Motor CEO and Siam Two Wheeler Council President KN Radhakrishnan said, “We are working with a roadmap to launch all flex fuel vehicles. By October-December 2023, we will design all flex fuel two-wheelers and by October 2024, all manufacturers will work towards mass production of at least one model of flex fuel two-wheeler.”
These companies will also launch flex fuel two-wheeler
Apart from TVS Motor, auto manufacturers like Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Suzuki Motorcycle India, Yamaha Motor India and Royal Enfield participated in the event. Maruti Suzuki was one of the car manufacturers to showcase its first flex fuel car prototype in the form of WagonR.
Vehicles cause 40 percent pollution
Addressing the program, Gadkari emphasized the need for ethanol-based fuel vehicles for the industry. Gadkari said, “Every year, there is a lot of volatility in the prices of crude oil, it causes a lot of problems. We need to move towards adopting 100 per cent flex fuel vehicles. We are encouraging many industries to start producing ethanol. He said that 40 percent of pollution in India is due to the use of fossil fuels like petrol and diesel.