"Flex fuel vehicles" can run on flexible fuels — petrol, ethanol, or a blend of petrol and ethanol. Such vehicles offer the flexibility to switch the engine fuel from petrol to ethanol.
These vehicles can also power the engine from the battery, thus helping cut down carbon emissions from it.
Addressing the 'E-Mobility, Vehicles & Future Mobility' session at the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Global Investors Summit 2023, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Meerut are becoming the leading manufacturing hub of e-vehicles and lithium batteries.
He said 740 electric buses presently run inside the state and that the figure will increase to 5,000 soon.
Gadkari said the government is installing scrapping centres and vehicle fitness centres every 150 kilometres in the state.
The Minister said UP is the largest producer of ethanol and is developing second-generation, low-carbon ethanol on a priority basis.
Converting farmers to urjadata alongside being annadata, Gadkari said new India always promotes swadeshi (homegrown) manufacturing, which is safe, recyclable, and sustainable, and creates a space for green energy and a green economy in the mobility sector.
Besides UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, State Transport Minister Dayashankar Singh, NITI Aayog chief executive officer Parameswaran Iyer, and other senior officials were present at the investor summit in Lucknow.
Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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