Flex engine bike will come by 2024
He informed that the plan to launch flex engine vehicles is in line with the “Green India campaign” of the Government of India. The introduction of flex fuel engine vehicles will reduce fuel imports and the additional revenue can be used to develop bio-fuel plants in India.
“Currently, BS-IV vehicles are being sold in Brazil with flex engines, but in India, Euro-5/BS-VI vehicles are being sold, which are more stringent in the emission norms,” Ogata said. He said that the company will have to develop the flex engine as per BS-VI standard vehicles which will require new and better technology. He said that while developing the engine on this plan, the flex engine bike can be launched by 2024.
The launch of electric vehicles will be delayed
Atsushi Ogata also revealed the company’s plans on electric vehicles. He said, “At present we do not have any electric product in India. We have to start work on electric vehicles in the country with a fresh start. The electric two-wheeler market in India is dominated by startup companies and they are doing well. Huh.”
He said the company is still far behind in electric vehicles in India, but the company has both the experience and technology to develop EV products in other countries. However, he did not reveal the time frame for launching the electric vehicles.
Coming to the flex engine, Honda has been a leading manufacturer in launching them in the global markets. Honda launched the CG 150 Titan flex engine bike in the year 2009 in Brazil. It was the world’s first flex engine bike. It could run only on petrol or ethanol and could also run on a mixture of both.
What is Flex Engine?
Flex engine vehicles can run entirely on ethanol or a mixture of petrol and ethanol. Due to running on bio fuel i.e. ethanol, such vehicles reduce the emission of harmful chemicals and are also less harmful to the environment. The central government is preparing a flex-fuel engine policy which is likely to be introduced soon. After the implementation of this policy, it will be mandatory for automobile companies in the country to manufacture flex-engine vehicles.
According to an estimate, ethanol business of more than Rs 1 lakh crore can be done in India every year from Flex Fuel. The use of ethanol will reduce the import of petrol and save crores of rupees in revenue. Apart from this, the use of ethanol blended flex fuel will also reduce vehicular pollution.