Biodiesel Fuels Mandatory For All Cars In India

Tuesday 30 September 2008, 00:00 AM by Satish

The new biofuel policy was announced this month which makes blending of 10 percent bio-fuel with petrol mandatory from the year 2012. It will be hiked to blending of 17 percent from the year 2017. All the major auto companies have taken a note of the same and have started to design new plans for their future launches that will run in alternative fuels.

Car companies in India are either planning to launch new variants or make changes to their existing models. Tata Motors, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are planning to launch variant of their existing models while General Motors and Nissan are planning to bring this technology from their existing markets. This technology is applicable only on E10 and E20 engines which has left several car manufacturers wondering about the possible solution for their models. Presently, only Honda and General Motors have E10 compliant cars and General Motors is planning to introduce models with E20 engines as well. Such a move may further increase the car model prices in India.

On the other hand, Maruti is also planning to launch E10 compatible models by the end of current calendar year. “Our present lot is E5 compatible but we are confident of offering E10 to the market soon, since this requires minor changes in the engine,” said the official.

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