Maruti Suzuki introduced the WagonR hatchback as a flexible fuel vehicle during an exhibition organized by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Monday. The automaker says the prototype of the large displacement model will be compliant with BS 6 Phase II emissions standards and will be part of its decarbonization efforts. WagonR on display at Ethanol Technology Expo locally developed by Maruti Suzuki. It is the carmaker’s mascot as it aims to contribute to India’s goal of transitioning to cleaner and more affordable ethanol-based fuels under the company’s Medium Fuel Economy standards. industry (CAFE).
The wagonR The flex-fuel vehicle on display at the event featured an upgraded engine under the hood, designed to use ethanol-blended gasoline. The engine comes with new fuel system technologies such as a heated fuel line to assist with cold start and an ethanol sensor to detect ethanol percentage. This will make it compatible with higher ethanol blends (E20-E85). Maruti also upgraded the engine management system, fuel pump and fuel injectors, and other mechanical components to ensure the durability of the engine, as well as the vehicle.
Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that it will introduce the first flexible fuel vehicle for the compact car segment by 2025. said Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director and Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki India Limited : “The Wagon R Flex Fuel prototype car embodies the Indian Government’s ‘Made in India’ style endeavors. Notably, our research shows that the ethanol-fueled Wagon R Flex Fuel prototype car that runs on E85 fuel will result in a 79% reduction in GHG emissions from the exhaust pipe compared to the conventional petrol Wagon R model. normally while maintaining the same energy efficiency.”
Maruti plans to evaluate flexible fuel technology in the coming days with ethanol-blended gasoline as Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pushes for a shift to cleaner fuels in an effort to reduce pollution. The second stage of the CAFE norm aims to reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles by reducing their CO2 emissions. According to CAFE II regulations, the company’s average CO2 emissions must be less than 113 gm/km.
Date of first publication: December 13, 2022, 08:42 AM IST