Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari launched Toyota’s first
of its kind pilot project on Flexi-Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles
(FFV-SHEV) in India which would run on 100% petrol as well as 20 to 100%
blended ethanol and electric power.
Ministers Mahendranath Pandey, Bhupender Yadav, Union Ministers of State Rameswar
Teli , Karnataka Minister Dr. Murugesh Nirani , Vice-chairman of Toyota
Kirloskar Motor Vikram Kirloskar and MD & CEO of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Masakazu
Yoshimura were also present on the occasion.
the gathering, Gadkari said 6 to 8 percent increase in agricultural growth rate
is necessary for AtmaNirbhar Bharat. He emphasised on importance of converting
surplus foodgrain and sugar into ethanol
for boosting rural economy. Encouraging
'Anndatas' to become 'Urjadatas', The Minister said the success of this
pilot project will create an ecosystem of electric vehicles and make New India,
a global leader in the manufacture of these electric vehicles. He said such
technologies are innovative, revolutionary, sustainable, cost-effective,
energy-efficient and will completely transform the transportation sector in New
has already achieved 10% ethanol blending five months ahead of schedule. The
implementation of 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025-26 is expected to
substitute 86 million barrels of gasoline, thereby leading to forex savings of
Rs. 30,000 crore for India, as well as reducing 10 Million tons of carbon
emissions. Given the huge potential of ethanol production that exists up to and
beyond E20, these benefits can increase multi-fold with the introduction of
Flexi Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology, that can flexibly use higher ethanol
blends from 20% to 85%.
many countries like Brazil have hugely benefited from large scale introduction
of FFVs. In fact, in Brazil an innovative Flexi fuel-strong Hybrid electric
vehicle technology (FFV - SHEV) has been introduced by Toyota Brazil, which has
the lowest Well-to-Wheel (W2W) carbon emissions for any technology in the
FFV– SHEV has a Flexi Fuel engine and an electric powertrain, thus providing
dual benefit of higher ethanol use and greater fuel efficiency, as it can run
for significant time periods on its EV mode, wherein the engine is shut off.
During the launch,
the Toyota Corolla Altis FFV-SHEV, that has been imported from Toyota Brazil
for the pilot project was unveiled. This initiative marks Toyota’s
first step to promote and create awareness on ethanol as an important
indigenous, carbon neutral energy pathway, along with the advanced Strong
Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology of Toyota that can help India achieve true
self-reliance, and contribute towards the national target of Carbon Net-Zero by
2070. Further, as a part of this project, collected data will be shared with
the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, for conducting a deeper study
about the well-to-wheel carbon emissions of FFV / FFV-SHEV in the Indian
context. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
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