Mercedes-Benz to power vehicles with bio-diesel: Minister

Hit hard by the clamp down on large diesel cars, German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz has offered to power its cars and other vehicles with bio-diesel in India.

“Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100 per cent bio-diesel in their cars and trucks…,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

Gadkari said Mercedes India chief had met him and said that the standards “which we have prescribed for bio-diesel, Mercedes can use that in its cars and other vehicles”.

The minister said that major automobile companies like JCB and others too have shown their willingness to use bio-diesel, ethanol and other such products, which would be a major step in minimising high pollution levels.

Automobile giants like Mercedes, Toyota, Mahindra and General Motors have failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court, which extended till April 30 the bar on registration of diesel-run SUVs and high-end cars with engine capacity of 2000 CC and above in the National Capital Region. The bar was put in December and was to continue till March 31.

Gadkari said it would be his ministry’s initiative to promote such bio-fuel and it will also be encouraged in use of highways building machinery and equipment.

“We are going to issue the notification in this regard (bio-fuel) also,” he said, adding that government has already prescribed bio-fuel blending with normal diesel.


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