Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, has confirmed that Toyota will launch the flex-fuel version of the Camry sedan in the country on September 28, 2022. Speaking at the SIAM 62nd annual convention, the Union Minister said, “On September 28, I am going to launch a Toyota Flex-Fuel vehicle that will run on Ethanol.”
Technical details or any other specifications of the Camry Flex-Fuel are yet to be revealed. It will be the first flex-fuel vehicle to be launched in the Indian market. A flex fuel engine is an internal combustion engine (ICE) and it can run on more than one tye of fuel, and or a mixture of fuel. In the international markets, a blend of petrol with ethanol or methanol is used in most of the cars. However, the flex fuel engine can run on 100 per cent petrol or ethanol as well.
The flex-fuel engines come with a fuel composition sensor & suitable ECU programming that automatically adjusts for any ratio. Government of India is pressing automakers to adopt natural gas alternatives, which are comparatively less polluting.
Use of alternate fuel options will help India to reduce dependence on fuel import. India is the largest importer of fossil fuels in the world. It will also help in reducing India’s carbon footprints as well as boost the economy.