Most vehicles in India to run on 100 percent ethanol soon, the minister said. Last year, the government had issued an advisory to carmakers to introduce flexible-fuel engines in vehicles.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said top officials of automobile companies have promised him that they will start manufacturing vehicles of flex-fuel variants within six months.
Addressing a summit virtually, Gadkari further said the government is working on a plan to shift public transport to 100 per cent clean energy sources.
Flex-fuel, or flexible fuel, is an alternative fuel with a combination of gasoline and methanol or ethanol.
The road transport and highways minister said companies like TVS Motor and Bajaj Auto have already started producing flex-fuel engines for their two and three-wheelers. He said now farmers are making bio-ethanol from rice, corn, and sugarcane juice.