Govt to issue advisory to automakers to produce flex fuel engines, not any order: Gadkari – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government will not issue any order for making manufacturing of flex fuel engines mandatory and instead come out with an advisory to the manufacturers to produce them, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told TOI.
“We will issue an advisory. There is no need to make it mandatory as three major players – Toyota, Suzuki and Hyundai – have agreed to manufacture them,” the minister said. TOI has learnt that the advisory from the road transport ministry will also include production of hybrid flex fuel engines.
Gadkari first signaled this change in approach recently at an interaction with mediapersons in Nagpur. Responding to a specific question on the earlier plan to make flex fuel engines manufacturing mandatory. The minister said, “There is no need to make this mandatory. Already companies such as Toyota, Suzuki and Hyundai, which have 50-70% share in the total sales, have agreed to manufacture such engines in the next six months.”
Gadkari also said he had launched a model two-wheeler manufactured by a major player in this segment that can run on 100% ethanol. Sources said on Monday while interacting with the recently formed expert advisory group, the minister also talked about how some companies have started producing flex fuel engines for two and three-wheelers. It’s learnt that the minister spoke about urging the manufacturers to launch the products soon.
Gadkari has been vocal about increasing the use of ethanol as fuel for vehicles in India to reduce dependence on imported crude.
Sources said while the transport minister has set the target to commence manufacturing of flex fuel engines for four-wheelers in the next six months, it may actually take around a year to see such manufacturing in India. The ministry has notified the emission standards for vehicles that can run on petrol with 10%, 12%, 15%, 20% and 85% blending of ethanol and thereby created the legal framework for encouraging manufacturers to produce such engines. It has also set norms for allowing vehicles to run on 100% ethanol.
Industry insiders said the success of the roll out of flex fuel engines will largely depend on the availability of ethanol as a fuel across the country.
Meanwhile, Gadkari on Monday also urged the expert advisory group to come up with ideas and recommend interventions to promote the adoption of hydrogen as vehicle fuel and promote public transport to put a check on vehicular pollution.


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