First flex fuel powered car, to be launched on September 28, Nitin Gadkari announced what are the benefits

Flex fuel is made from a combination of petrol and ethanol or methanol. Flex fuel is cleaner for the environment, as ethanol or methanol burns more efficiently than petrol, thereby reducing pollution.

Highlights

1. The term flex fuel is an abbreviation for flexible fuel.

2. Ethanol is produced from agricultural products such as sugarcane and corn.

3. Countries like Brazil, Germany and France are already running such cars.

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that Toyota will unveil a new car on September 28. The special thing is that this car will run on flex fuel. This will be the first flex-fuel powered car in the Indian market. This information has been announced at the annual session of the Second Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA). The minister did not specify which model Toyota would reveal. However, he said that he will unveil the new flex-fuel powered car in New Delhi.

The term flex fuel is an abbreviation for flexible fuel. It can be considered as an alternative to petrol, which is used by many vehicles. Flex fuel is made from a combination of petrol and ethanol or methanol. Flex fuel is cleaner for the environment, as ethanol or methanol burns more efficiently than petrol, thereby reducing pollution.

Flex fuel made from agricultural products

 Ethanol can be produced sustainably from agricultural products such as sugarcane and corn. Hence, ethanol blending seems to be a better proposition than importing petrol from other countries. Some countries like Brazil, Germany and France are already using flex-fuel and flex-fuel engines.

How does a flex-fuel engine work?

 Talking about flex-fuel engines, not every engine can run on flex-fuel. A regular engine can run on only one type of fuel while a flex-fuel engine can run on up to 83 percent ethanol along with petrol. However, the regular engine can be modified to support flex-fuel.

What is the advantage of Flex Fuel?

 India is focusing on flex-fuel, because at present we import most of the petrol and diesel from other countries. The adoption of flex-fuel will help in reducing India’s carbon footprint as well as boost the economy, as India’s local economy will produce locally in the form of ethanol. In addition, India’s dependence on other countries will be reduced, as the import of fossil fuels can also be reduced.

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