Govt promoting clean fuels across India

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Clean-Energy-With proactive measures, the Government of India has been promoting use of clean fuels in the country.

The National Mission on Electric Mobility was approved in 2011 and subsequently National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 was unveiled by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister. As part of the mission, DHI has notified a scheme namely FAME – India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India) for implementation with effect from 1st April 2015.

The scheme is proposed to be implemented over a period of 6 years, till 2020, wherein it is intended to support the hybrid/electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing eco-system to achieve self-sustenance at the end of the stipulated period. This scheme is aimed at incentivizing all vehicle segments i.e. 2-Wheelers, 3-Wheeler Auto, Passenger 4-Wheeler Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.

It aims for a cumulative fuel saving of about 9500 million litres equivalent resulting in reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emission of 2 million tonnes with targeted market penetration of 6-7 million vehicles per year by 2020. This mission will be one of the biggest contributors in reducing pollution from road transport sector in near future.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified emission standards for flexi fuel ethanol and ethanol vehicles vide GSR 412 (E) in May this year paving the way for introduction of these clean fuel compliant vehicles.

The MoP&NG has also mandated 5% ethanol gasoline fuel blend across the country and has further permitted use of up to 10% ethanol gasoline blend. BS-IV fuel is also being introduced in a phased manner with full coverage all over India by 2017.

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