The central government has been following up with the car industry in recent times. Further, they noticed that almost one-third of the total carbon footprint comes from cars. Consequently, research is going on under the government to find a solution (Flex Fuel Engines).
Firstly, this research is important in the long run to improve environmental quality. Secondly, it is the duty of car manufacturers to realize the efficiency of their vehicles.
Third and most importantly, making an efficient fuel will lead to reduced pollution levels. Such an efficient fuel is Ethanol. To clarify, Ethanol runs as fuel in a ‘Flex-Fuel Engine.’
Thus, the central government has declared that the use of greener alternatives is mandatory. One such greener alternative is the Flex-Fuel Engine which runs on Ethanol. Further, we all know that ethanol is a bio-chemical, however, it stores a huge amount of power. In conclusion, the Union Minister of RTH introduced it as a greener alternative.
The statement made clear that vehicles will be ethanol-powered by 2024. Nitin Gadkari said, “We are committed to delivering vehicles with flex engines. We have taken a decision and will make it mandatory for flex engines to be there, like in Brazil.”
For instance, in Brazil, it is a choice to use either of the fuels. You can use 100% petrol or 100% bio-ethanol. In addition, he said, “The technology is readily available and it is time to take the leap. I am looking forward to the Indian auto industry quickly rolling out bio-ethanol compatible vehicles.”
Moreover, it is a clear indication that the center has demanded the auto-makers to produce cars with Flex-Fuel Engines. to clarify the relation between both of them he said, “Within six months, we are going to issue the order for having flex engines.”
Further Roll Out Plan
Further, there are few announcements to look forward to from the Union Minister.
Firstly, the government is setting up E100 for commercial sale. This step is to show that the notion is serious. Secondly, the E10 petrol will be available across the country beginning from 2022. Therefore, these declarations are the ‘Roll-Out Plan’ of 2021. This plan also includes the target of introducing E20 fuel in 2023. This fuel will have 20% of ethanol in petrol. However, the government aims to normalize the use of 100% ethanol-run vehicles.
For example, there are a few carmakers who already offer the Flex-Fuel Engine but not in India. Flex-fuel engines are in use across the globe in many nations. Therefore it is not an alien concept.
Instances and Conclusion
Moreover, ethanol-run cars are very famous in the USA and Brazil specifically. In addition, many brands in India, already produce Flex-fuel engine cars in other countries. For instance, the Ford EcoSport runs on pure ethanol in the USA. Certainly, such engines start to run abroad quite early. However, it is the opposite in India. Indians, firstly tend to resist the new technology, instead of giving it a try. On the other hand, this time, the government has mandated the use of Flex-Fuel Engines among auto-makers.
In conclusion, it is only certain for us to adapt to this incoming change. However, we could only hope for this revolutionary idea to sit well within the country.
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