Union Minister Nitin Gadkari: Decision on flex-fuel engines in coming 8-10 days

In the next 8-10 days the government will take a decision over flex-fuel motors. As it is thinking about making these motors obligatory for the auto business, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday while attesting that the move will help farmers and lift the Indian economy.

Tending to Rotary District Conference 2020-21 practically, Gadkari said that the cost of elective fuel ethanol is ₹60-62 for every liter while petroleum costs more than ₹100 per liter in numerous parts of the country, so by utilizing ethanol, Indians will save ₹30-35 for each liter.

According to reports covered by LiveMint.com, he says, “I am transport minister, I am going to issue an order to the industry, that only petrol engines will not be there, there will be flex-fuel engines, where there will be choice for the people that they can use 100% crude oil or 100 per ethanol,” he said.

“I am going to take a decision within 8-10 days and we will make it (flex-fuel engine) mandatory for the automobile industry,” he further said.

The Road Transport and Highways Minister referenced that automobile manufacturers are delivering flex-fuel motors in Brazil, Canada and the US giving an option in contrast to clients to utilize 100% petroleum or 100% bio-ethanol.

However recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the deadline for accomplishing 20% ethanol-mixing with petroleum has been progressed by five years to 2025 to cut contamination and decrease import reliance. Last year the government had set an objective of arriving at 10% ethanol mixing in petroleum by 2022 and 20 percent doping by 2030.

As of now, about 8.5 percent ethanol is blended in with petroleum as against 1-1.5 percent in 2014, Gadkari said adding ethanol acquisition has ascended from 38 crore liters to 320 crore liters.

Gadkari went to state that ethanol is better than petrol, as it is import subsititute, cost effective, pollution-free and indigenous. Production of flex fuel engines will boost the Indian economy because we are a corn, sugar and wheat surplus and we dont have place to stock it all, he further said.

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