Nitin Gadkari launches pilot project on Flexi - Fuel stong Hybrid EV
The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, launched the first-of-its-kind pilot project for Toyota's Flexi-Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FFV-SHEV) in India, which will run on 100% petrol as well as 20 to 100% ethanol and electric power. Also present were Union Ministers Shri Mahendranath Pandey, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union MoS Shri Rameswar Teli, Karnataka Minister Dr Shri Murugesh Nirani, Vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motors Pvt. Ltd.
This pilot project is part of Toyota's future objectives for a sustainable society and seeks to promote ethanol awareness. For this, the company introduced the Toyota Corolla Altis FFV-SHEV, which was imported from Toyota Brazil. In addition, TKM and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, signed a collaborative agreement. According to the terms of the agreement, the Indian Institute of Science will receive the collected data to conduct a more in-depth analysis of the well-to-wheel carbon emissions of FFV and FFV-SHEV in the Indian context.
In his address, Shri Gadkari stated the need to transform excess food grains and sugar into ethanol for rural economic development. He noted that the success of this pilot project would establish an ecosystem of electric vehicles and position New India as a global leader in producing these vehicles. According to him, these technologies are unique, revolutionary, sustainable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient and will radically alter the Indian transportation industry.
By incorporating 20 per cent ethanol into gasoline by 2025–2026, approximately 86 million barrels of gasoline will be saved. In addition, the scheme is expected to save Rs 30,000 in foreign currency.