Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways provided another impetus for alternative fuel when he announced recently that ethanol pumps will be set up across the country in the next 6 months. The Centre has been pushing for ethanol as an alternative fuel to petrol and diesel. “India is well-honed to look at future technologies. We will establish ethanol pumps network in the country within six months,” he said.
Gadkari made the comments at the 61st Society of Indian Automobile (SIAM) convention. He applauded how India leapfrogged from BS-IV to BS-VI norms in a short time frame. “ Gadkari also advocated the development of flex-fuel engines similar to countries such as Canada, the USA, and Brazil.
Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is a starch-based fuel derived from corn grain, crop residues, wood chips, or sugar cane. It is a renewable fuel that oxygenates the fuel it is mixed with, curbing air pollution. For example, in the US, the gasoline used for running vehicles is termed E10 — 10% ethanol mixed with 90% petrol.
Flex-fuel, on the other hand, is a greater composition of ethanol (around 80%), which is more environment-friendly as compared to E10.