What are Flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs)?


The Indian government can soon instruct automakers to produce passenger and commercial vehicles that can run on multiple fuel configurations, with the aim of reducing the use of polluting fossil fuels and harmful emissions.


In this regard, the government is aggressively pursuing the use of “Flexible Fuel Vehicles,” which would expand the use of bio-fuels to power vehicles. Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) are adapted vehicles that can run on gasoline as well as doped gasoline with varying amounts of ethanol blends. These vehicles are currently in use in Brazil with great success.People with FFVs have the option of switching fuels based on price and convenience. FFVs account for the vast majority of vehicles sold in Brazil

Flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV)

It’s also known as a “flex-fuel engine” or a “dual-fuel vehicle.” FFV stands for alternative fuel vehicle, and it consists of an internal combustion engine that can run on several fuels. It normally runs on gasoline that has been blended with ethanol or methanol. Both types of fuel are kept in the same tank.The vehicle’s engines will burn any proportion of the resulting blend in their combustion chamber. According to the actual blend detected by the fuel composition sensor, the fuel injection and spark timing are automatically changed. The FFV is not the same as a bi-fuel engine. Two fuels are stored in different tanks in a bi-fuel vehicle, and the engine runs on one of them.

Advantages of FFVs in India

In India, the FFVs will have a distinct advantage because, unlike the current regulations, they will be able to use various blends of ethanol mixed petrol that are available across the world. The new law provides for a maximum of 10% ethanol in gasoline.However, due to a lack of availability and other transportation issues, 10% blended gasoline is only available in 15 states. The FFVs will allow vehicles to use all blends while still being able to run on unblended fuel.

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