Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has declared his upcoming revelation of an inventive variant of Toyota’s Innova automobile. Set for August 29th, this announcement encompasses a groundbreaking 100% ethanol-powered iteration. Gadkari, a zealous proponent for environmentally conscious and fuel-efficient vehicles, had previously initiated the launch of Toyota’s hydrogen-propelled vehicle, the Mirai EV, in the preceding year. During his discourse at the Mint Sustainability Summit, Gadkari eloquently stated, “The imminent August event shall witness the grand debut of the widely acclaimed Toyota Innova, now empowered by the exclusive utilization of 100% ethanol.” This progression will herald a new epoch, signifying the world’s inaugural presentation of a Stage-II BS-VI compliant, electrified flex-fuel automobile.
Gadkari recounted his expedition into the realm of biofuels, a trajectory embarked upon in 2004, triggered by the escalation in petrol prices within the nation. His journey led him to Brazil, an enlightening sojourn that solidified his belief in the transformative potential of biofuels. The narrative woven by Gadkari extolled the virtuous financial prospect that biofuels presented, illustrating their capacity to curtail foreign exchange expenditure, currently lavished on the import of petroleum. With unwavering determination, he proclaimed, “To cultivate self-reliance, our pursuit necessitates the eradication of oil imports, an economic leakage that presently stands at a staggering Rs 16 lakh crore. This monumental loss poses a formidable challenge to our fiscal robustness.”