Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that he will be issuing an order mandating all auto manufacturers to power their vehicles with flex engines, which can run on more than one fuel in the next three to four months.
A month ago Gadkari said that the central government will soon make it mandatory for auto manufacturers to offer vehicles running 100 per cent on bio-fuels.
“In the next 3 to 4 months, I will be issuing an order, mandating all vehicle manufacturers to power vehicles with flex engines (that can run on more than one fuel)” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways had highlighted the government’s plans to announce guidelines for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) by the third quarter of current year (FY22), at an even earlier this month.
“We are committed to delivering vehicles with flex engine norms. We have taken a decision, we will make it mandatory by which there will be a flex engine,” Gadkari had said.
To bring down the environmental impact left behind by the Indian auto industry gadkari has bene proposing the use of alternative energy sources and bio-fuels. Not only is alternative fuel less polluting and saves forex, but it is also cost-effective for customers, the minister said.
Pointing out that a litre of bioethanol costs Rs 65 as against Rs 110 paid for petrol, Gadkari said last month, “We are committed to delivering vehicles with flex engine norms. We have taken a decision, we will make it mandatory by which there will be a flex-engine.” He added that state-run oil marketing companies have already been ordered to offer bio-fuels at the same facilities as the ones selling petrol and diesel.
State-run oil marketing companies have already been ordered to offer bio-fuels at the same facilities as the one selling petrol and diesel, he added. The minister added the road ministry is also planning to run a railway, metro, and long-run intercity buses on green hydrogen.