The Union Ministry launched ‘ETHANOL 100’ in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, and Tamil Nadu.


GS-03 (Environment, Economy)

About ETHANOL 100:

  • India commenced the sale of ETHANOL 100 across 183 Indian Oil outlets in Maharashtra, New Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh in a strategic advance towards cleaner alternative fuels.
  • ETHANOL 100 represents a groundbreaking automotive fuel composed entirely of ethanol, sourced from renewable materials such as corn, sugarcane, and other plant matter.
  • It aims to diminish reliance on fossil fuels, advance sustainability, and foster environmental cleanliness by reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional gasoline.
  • The transition to ETHANOL 100 signifies a shift towards sustainable technologies and decarbonization efforts.
  • Notably, ETHANOL 100 boasts versatility and compatibility with various vehicles, including flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on gasoline, ethanol, or any combination thereof, underscoring its practicality and potential as a mainstream fuel option with appropriate infrastructure.
  • Positioned as a high-octane, eco-friendly fuel, ETHANOL 100 aligns with the government’s target of achieving a 20% ethanol-petrol blend by 2025-26, offering superior performance and reduced emissions compared to traditional petrol.