Indian Minister Nitin Gadkari announced his intention to reveal a 100% ethanol-powered version of Toyota’s Innova car on August 29.
Gadkari, known for urging automakers to develop eco-friendly vehicles, had previously introduced a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai EV.
Speaking at a summit, he affirmed the imminent launch of the ethanol-fueled Innova. This innovation marks the world’s first BS-VI (Stage-II) electrified flex-fuel vehicle.
Gadkari’s interest in biofuels dates back to 2004 when he explored alternatives due to rising petrol prices, including a visit to Brazil.
He emphasized the potential of biofuels to significantly reduce foreign exchange spent on petroleum imports, a step towards India’s self-reliance goals. He underlined the need for India to adopt more sustainable practices given the country’s substantial pollution challenges.