Maruti is also said to be working on E85-compatible engines but hasn’t revealed their launch timeline.
In addition to promoting electric vehicles, the government of India is also pushing car makers to switch to alternate fuels. By April 2023, manufacturers are required to have engines that can run on E20 fuel.
According to a media report, Maruti Suzuki’s entire model range will be compatible with E20 fuel from March next year. At present, the company manufactures engines that can run on E10 or 10% ethanol-blended fuel. To make them E20 compatible, Maruti will have to re-calibrate the powertrains to partially compensate for the drop in fuel efficiency.
Maruti Suzuki also expects E20 fuel to be offered at subsidised rates to balance the rise in average trip cost due to the drop in fuel efficiency.
Earlier this month, Toyota showcased India’s first flex-fuel-powered hybrid vehicle. The Corolla Altis Hybrid uses a 1.8-litre engine that develops 101 BHP and 142.2 Nm. It is paired with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and a 1.3 kWh battery pack. The electric motor has an output of 72 BHP and 162.8 Nm, and the hybrid powertrain is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
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