Govt to issue an advisory to carmakers to introduce flex-fuel engines in vehicles: Gadkari

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the government has issued an advisory to carmakers directing an introduction to flexible-fuel engines in vehicles. Addressing an event, Gadkari also said the government is working to encourage the use of green and alternative fuels.

  • "Yesterday, I signed a file on flex-fuel engines (to advise carmakers to manufacture flex-fuel engines). We have given them (carmakers) six months (to introduce flex-fuel engines in vehicles that can run on more than one fuel)," he said. Flex-fuel, or flexible fuel, is an alternative fuel made of a combination of gasoline and methanol or ethanol.

  • The road transport and highways minister said companies like TVS Motors and Bajaj Auto have already started producing flex-fuel engines for their two- and three-wheelers. "Soon, four-wheeler vehicles will run on 100 percent ethanol. So, we won't need petrol... And, the use of green fuel will save our money," Gadkari stated.

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