Vinod Aggarwal says industry is in readiness to roll out E20 material-compliant vehicles from April 2023 and production of E20-tuned engine vehicles from April 2025.
The drive to E20 compliance in the Indian automobile industry is on schedule. In line with the government’s thrust towards ethanol adoption in India, apex industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) organised a technology demonstration on ‘Ethanol Adoption - Flex Fuel Vehicles in India’, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on December 12.
The event was held with an aim to demonstrate the readiness of automobile manufacturers for ethanol adoption through multiple segments of FFVs (Flex Fuel Vehicles) slated to be launched, particularly in the four- and two-wheeler segments.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, government of India, inaugurated the demonstration session where some vehicles and technological developments were showcased to disseminate information about FFVs and future possibilities. The demonstration was organized as a part of the year-round activities to promote the use of ethanol.
Maruti Suzuki India, TVS Motor Company, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Suzuki Motorcycle India, Yamaha Motor India and Royal Enfield showcased their progress at flex fuel technology at the event.
The government has mandated SIAM to promote ethanol as a transportation fuel, jointly with the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI). The important deadlines decided for all-India implementation of E20 are 2023 for vehicles to be material-compliant, and 2025 for vehicles to be fully E20-compliant. E20 compliance means an ethanol blend of 20% and 80% of petrol.
In his address, Nitin Gadkari said: “Ethics, Economy and Ecology & Environment are the most prominent three pillars of our society. The whole world is marching towards carbon neutrality. We need to have technology that we can use to convert waste to wealth. India uses the maximum amount of fossil fuel in the world, and 40% of air pollution is caused by fossil fuels. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to spread awareness and impart education about ethanol-blended petrol and its benefits, compared to traditional fuel. The fuel import costs of India will be reduced by a huge margin, thus saving foreign exchange fund and building strategic advantage of being Atmanirbhar.”
He added, “Apart from the monetary benefits that will be generated as a result of these alternate fuels, economic benefits will also arise for the farmers, who will be supported through an additional source of income. The automobile industry has created 4 crore jobs that are highest in India with a size of 7.5 lakh crore of industry size at present and forecast to reach Rs 15 lakh crore in the next 5 years. The sugar manufacturers of India who have played an important part in the current ethanol milestones of the nation will reap similar economic benefits working towards sustainability together.”
SIAM president: “Indian industry has developed products to enable ethanol shift”
Speaking at the event, Vinod Aggarwal, President, SIAM, CEO and MD, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles, said: “Stakeholders in the ethanol value chain have received continuous support from the government which will enabled the transition to sustainable mobility. The Indian automobile industry and SIAM have been proactive in supporting the government’s vision, leading to adoption of E10, 5 months ahead of schedule. We are now aligned for rolling out E20 material-compliant vehicles from April 2023 and production of E20-tuned engine vehicles from April 2025 and the Indian automobile industry has developed products to enable this shift. Ethanol adoption, apart from leading to GHG emission reductions, will also help the country reduce its import dependence and thus saving precious foreign exchange, which is aligned with SIAM’s vision of Building the Nation Responsibly”.
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