Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of World Environment Day released an expert committee report on the road map for ethanol blending in India 2020-2025. He launched the ambitious project in Pune entailing the production and distribution of ethanol across the country. The Prime Minister spoke of the government’s resolve to meet the target of 20 per cent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025 (previously set to 2030) from approximately 8.5 per cent at present. The country’s ethanol requirement is known to have grown from 38 crore litres in 2013-14 to 320 crore litres. India, in the coming months is expected to allow ethanol-based flex-fuel engines to power vehicles.Ethanol-compatible components will be required to compensate for the different chemical properties and energy content in ethanol, such as modifications to the fuel pump and fuel injection system.

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