Ushering in a Greener Tomorrow- Pilot project on flex fuel-strong hybrid electric vehicle launched by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

On Tuesday, Union minister Nitin Gadkari launched Toyota’s first-of-its-kind pilot project on (FFV-SHEV)  flex fuel-strong hybrid electric vehicle that can run on 100 per cent ethanol.

The specially imported Toyota Corolla Altis FFV-SHEV was imported from Toyota Brazil for the pilot project.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said pollution is a big concern in India and the transport sector is contributing majorly to pollution.

“Therefore, there is a need to encourage use of electric vehicles and vehicles that run on biofuels like ethanol and methanol,” he added.

Besides Gadkari, Union Ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Bhupinder Yadav and senior officials of Toyota Kirloskar Motor were present at the event.

The FFV-SHEV has a flex-fuel engine and an electric power train, providing dual benefit of higher ethanol use and greater fuel efficiency, and it can run for a greater time on its EV mode, whilst the engine is shut off.

Flex-fuel based cars can operate on more than one type of fuel and also a mixture. Typically, a blend of petrol and ethanol or methanol is used.

This would be a greater substitution of petrol by ethanol, as it is capable of using any of the higher blends of ethanol mix ranging from 20 per cent up to 100 per cent.

The government is proactively taking steps and working to encourage the use of green and alternative fuels thereby reducing carbon foot prints.

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