New Delhi: Achieving energy independence and promoting eco-friendly transportation in the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is set to unveil the world’s first 100% ethanol-fuelled Toyota Innova Hycross tomorrow.
This groundbreaking initiative aligns with the Indian government’s vision of reducing dependency on oil imports and embracing sustainable alternatives.
The event, scheduled for tomorrow, will witness the ceremonial launch of the innovative vehicle. Speaking ahead of the unveiling, Minister Gadkari emphasized the importance of reducing oil imports for the nation’s economic growth. He stated,
If we want to become Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant), we have to bring down oil imports to zero. At present, we spend ₹16 lakh crore on petroleum imports, which is a huge loss for the economy.— Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India
The 100% ethanol-fuelled Toyota Innova Hycross is a result of collaborative efforts between the Indian government, Toyota, and other stakeholders in the automotive and renewable energy sectors.
Ethanol is a renewable biofuel that can be produced from various sources, including sugarcane, corn, and other agricultural products. This move towards ethanol-fuelled vehicles not only reduces carbon emissions but also provides a boost to the agricultural sector by creating demand for ethanol feedstocks.
The vehicle is expected to make a significant impact on India’s transportation landscape, offering a viable alternative to traditional petrol and diesel engines. As the first of its kind globally, the ethanol-fuelled Innova Hycross sets an example for other nations looking to transition towards sustainable mobility solutions.
Minister Gadkari has been a vocal advocate for the adoption of cleaner and greener fuel options. This initiative is part of the larger roadmap to achieve the Indian government’s targets for reducing carbon emissions, promoting green technologies, and enhancing energy security.
The unveiling ceremony is anticipated to draw attention from both the automotive industry and environmental advocates. Experts predict that this move could set in motion a paradigm shift in the global automotive market, encouraging other manufacturers to explore similar ethanol-based solutions.
With this pioneering step, India reinforces its commitment to a sustainable future and demonstrates its determination to lead the way in adopting innovative solutions to address pressing environmental and economic challenges.