India has decided to allow the use of ethanol-based "flex-fuel engines" to power vehicles with local agricultural products instead of fossil fuels and will launch a scheme to this end in the next months
The shift to domestic ethanol production would be beneficial for a country like India, which relies heavily on crude oil imports to fuel its transportation sector, adding that it would also reduce pollution and save costs.
The government has already started giving its approval for setting up 100% ethanol filling stations, and already have been inaugurated two such facilities in Pune, Maharashtra. India currently allows 20% ethanol to be blended into fuel.
Automakers such as TVS and Bajaj have developed two-wheelers that can run entirely on ethanol
At a recent virtual press conference, Indian Transport Minister revealed that flexible fuel engines could soon become mandatory for carmakers in India.