Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today unveiled the flex fuel-powered Toyota Corolla Altis in Delhi. On the sidelines of the event, Toyota has also unveiled its pilot project around a flex fuel-strong hybrid electric vehicle (FFV-SHEV).
The Toyota Corolla showcased at the event has been imported from Brazil. Gadkari, keeping the rise in pollution levels, noted that OEMs should encourage the use of more and more electric and other green fuels. The Minister is hopeful about the success of this pilot. He is of the view that the project will help in creating an ecosystem of electric vehicles. As per him, it will also help make India a global leader in manufacturing these electric vehicles.
This initiative marks Toyota’s first step to promote and create awareness of Ethanol as an important indigenous, carbon-neutral energy pathway, along with the advanced Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology 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 signed between Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.