Gadkari urges automakers to start producing flex engines

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari urged automakers to give priority to the indigenous production of flex engines. Union Minister has asked the delegates of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) to start producing flex engines in India.

“Met the delegation of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and discussed various challenges and opportunities for the industry with a special emphasis on vehicular emissions. I have requested the industry to start producing flex engines in India,” the minister tweeted after the meeting.

Flex engines provide an option to use alternative fuel and will reduce emissions when run on ethanol. This will greatly reduce the country’s dependence on fuel imports and boost the agricultural economy.

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The SIAM team met the Union Minister and the team requested to postpone the implementation of BS VI CAFE Phase II regulations to 1st April 2024, on the grounds that the industry is still recovering from the impact of COVID, and slow consumer demand. Before a final decision can be taken on the demand to postpone the CAFE norms, the delegates must meet the minister next month with an in-depth analysis on what steps have been taken by the industry on meeting the BS VI Phase I standards, and the monetary implications of going ahead with BS VI CAFE Phase II standards.