Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today launched the world’s first vehicle that runs on 100 Percent ethanol. With the launch of this BS-VI (Stage-II) electric flex-fuel vehicle, India has become the first country of its kind. On this occasion, Union Minister Gadkari said that this will make the path of self-reliant India easier. The use of 100 percent ethanol powered vehicles will reduce the need for import of crude oil in the country. He said that ending India’s dependence on oil imports would save about Rs 16 lakh crore.
Transition from 100 Percent ethanol driven vehicle to BS-VI (Stage-II)
- The transport sector is responsible for 40 percent of pollution in India. In such a situation, the use of 100% ethanol-powered cars will reduce pollution, which will reduce the country’s major concern. Many cities in India rank among the top globally in terms of pollution.
- Blending of ethanol will increase India’s agricultural growth from 12 per cent to 20 per cent. This will create employment opportunities in the agriculture sector of the country.
- Transport cost of petrol is more as compared to ethanol, in such a situation, by implementing the policy of blending 20 percent ethanol, India will save 35 thousand crore rupees on imports every year. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that India had achieved the target of 10 per cent ethanol blending 5 months ahead of schedule. Now India has set a new target of 20 per cent ethanol blending by 2026, which was earlier to be achieved by 2030. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Puri said that from 2025, 20 percent ethanol mixed ‘Petrol E-20’ will be available in India.
- Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey informed that farmers have earned an income of Rs 82,000 crore so far through the process of ethanol blending.
100% ethanol powered vehicles will revolutionize India which is aiming to use 20% ethanol blending with petrol. Blending of ethanol in fuel will reduce India’s import cost and also help in realizing the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
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