Indian Ministry of Road Transport publishes draft notice on ethanol blending in petrol- Technology News, Firstpost

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The Ministry of Road Transport has paved the way for a change in the country’s fossil fuel ecosystem to facilitate the use of a 12 percent and 15 percent ethanol blend in gasoline as automotive fuels. Stakeholders have invited comments within 30 days.

“Newly manufactured petrol engines equipped with a spark ignition engine compatible with E-12 and E-15 ethanol blends must be type-approved in accordance with current petrol emission standards,” the draft notice states.

Recently, Minister of Roads and Motorways Nitin Gadkari had said that the government will make a decision on flexible fuel engines because it is considering making them mandatory for the automotive industry.

Last year, the government had set a goal of achieving 10 percent ethanol blending into gasoline by 2022.  Photo: Doug Peters from Pixabay

Last year, the government had set a goal of achieving 10 percent ethanol blending into gasoline by 2022. Photo: Doug Peters from Pixabay

“I’m going to order the industry that there aren’t just gasoline engines, there are flexible fuel engines where people have a choice that they can use 100 percent crude oil or 100 percent ethanol,” he had said.

“I am going to make a decision in eight to ten days, and we will make it (flexible fuel engine) mandatory for the car industry,” he had yet to say.

Gadkari had mentioned that automakers produce flexible fuel engines in Brazil, Canada and the United States, offering customers the option to use 100 percent gasoline or 100 percent bioethanol.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the target date for achieving a 20% ethanol blend with petrol has been postponed by five years to 2025 to reduce pollution and reduce import dependence.

Last year, the government had set a goal of achieving a 10 percent ethanol blend in gasoline by 2022 and 20 percent doping by 2030.

Gadkari had said ethanol is a better fuel than gasoline and is an imported substitute, cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous.

“It (making flexible fuel engines mandatory) will increase the Indian economy because we have a corn surplus, we have a sugar surplus and we have a wheat surplus. We don’t have places to store all of these food grains,” he had noticed.

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