NEW DELHI, Oct. 19 (Reuters) – Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India plans to launch a flexi-fuel motorcycle model in India by the end of 2024, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday.
“Our internal target is at least one model, the first model of flexi-fuel motorcycles to be launched by the end of 2024,” said Atsushi Ogata, chief executive officer of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, at the International Biofuels Conference in New Delhi. .
Ogata said his company is waiting for a clear roadmap from the government on flexi-fuel vehicles.
As far as 20% ethanol blending is concerned, all of our engine ranges “can apply” the fuel specification.
India, the world’s third largest oil importer and consumer, has extended the biofuels tax exemption to encourage the blending of larger amounts of ethanol and vegetable oil components with gasoline and diesel.
India plans to blend 20% ethanol with gasoline in some parts of the country from April next year, followed by a nationwide rollout from 2025/26.
Reporting by Mohi Narayan, Writing by Tanvi Mehta; edit by David Evans
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