Have flex-fuel vehicles in 6 months: Gadkari | India News – Times of India

GHAZIABAD/ NEW DELHI: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said his ministry has issued an advisory to automobile manufacturers to start producing flex-fuel engines for vehicles in next six months.
The ministry has also urged the manufacturers to produce the Flex Fuel Strong Hybrid vehicles and both types of vehicles must comply with the BS-6 emission norms. “Yesterday, I signed an advisory, urging the carmakers to manufacture flex-fuel engines. We have asked them to start this production in the next six months so that vehicles can run on more than one fuel.
The new vehicles will have the option to run on 100% ethanol, which is produced by our farmers,” he said at an event in Ghaziabad. Last week, Gadkari had told TOI that his ministry would issue the advisory. “There is no need to make it mandatory as three major players — Toyota, Suzuki and Hyundai — have agreed to manufacture them,” he had said. Gadkari has been vocal about increasing the use of ethanol as fuel for vehicles in India to reduce dependence on imported crude.
Sources said it may actually take around a year to see such manufacturing in India, particularly for cars and other four-wheelers.

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