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Maruti WagonR With E85 Flex Fuel Engine Showcased At Auto Expo 2023

  • Maruti Suzuki WagonR with E85 flex-fuel engine showcased at the Auto Expo 2023.
  • It can run on 20%-85% ethanol blending.

After tons of reports and speculations, Maruti Suzuki has now finally showcased a prototype version of the WagonR equipped with a flex-fuel engine compatible with up to 85 per cent ethanol blended petrol (E85 fuel). Maruti states that they are developing flex-fuel vehicles to run on 20%-85% ethanol blending. They offer similar performance as the regular engines. The brand is expected to introduce E20-compliant flex-fuel engines by April this year.

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For those who aren’t aware, the flex-fuels are a blend of petrol and ethanol. The latter is a starch-based fuel derived from corn grain, crop residues, wood chips, or sugar cane. Here are some benefits of the ethanol blend fuel: –

  • It is a renewable fuel that is considerably cheaper than petrol.
  • It oxygenates the fuel it is mixed with, thus controlling air pollution.
  • Since ethanol has a higher octane number than gasoline, it offers better acceleration performance when operating on higher ethanol blends. However, it is worth noting that flex-fuel offers less fuel economy when compared to petrol (depending on the blend percentage). This is due to the lower energy content in ethanol.
Maruti WagonR E85 flex fuel engine

Furthermore, the wide adoption of flex-fuel vehicles will decrease our dependency on imported crude oil. It will also boost agriculture, thus increasing employment, especially in rural areas.

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