Maruti Suzuki plans to use biofuel to power its cars. Maruti Suzuki India Chairman, RC Bhargava mentioned that the largest car manufacturer in India will concentrate on developing biofuel-powered cars. The usage of biomethane will help reduce emissions and also increase efficiency.
Maruti Suzuki is the largest car manufacturer in India. More often than not, one would find that six or seven of the top 10 bestselling cars in India are all manufactured by Maruti Suzuki. Traditionally, Maruti Suzuki’s cars have always been very fuel-efficient. Now though, an increased emphasis is being placed on going green.
As a result, many manufacturers have developed or are developing electric vehicles. Maruti Suzuki, though, believes that EVs are not what the Indian market needs at the moment. For a long time now, Maruti Suzuki has been of the belief that hybrid technology, biofuel, and natural gas are more feasible and practical alternatives to EVs.
Maruti Suzuki already has a whole range of CNG-powered vehicles on sale in India and they are performing very well in the market. The brand also recently revealed the new Grand Vitara, which is the first proper hybrid from the brand. Now, it is only biofuel that remains.
Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava has confirmed that biofuel-powered Maruti Suzuki cars are definitely under development. This was confirmed by the top boss at Maruti Suzuki’s 40th anniversary celebration at Gandhinagar where Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mentioned the arrival of biofuel-powered Maruti Suzuki cars while he also lauded the brand’s contribution to India’s growth.
RC Bhargava was quoted as saying, “Maruti Suzuki is immediately looking into this area because it has enormous potential for the country as a source of energy. It is not only reneable but also extremely clean.”
Maruti Suzuki is looking into the usage of biomethane as a clean, renewable energy source. Biomethane is an energy-dense fuel, and this will allow Maruti Suzuki engineers to extract more performance and efficiency from existing engines.
Maruti Suzuki will also enter the electric vehicle segment. However, according to RC Bhargava, the EVs will be in the upped-end of the portfolio and not the lower-end. The lower-end will see CNG and biofuel as the greener alternatives to petrol power.
Thoughts On Maruti Suzuki Developing Biofuel-Powered Cars
Over the years, many have criticised Maruti Suzuki for not ‘thinking green.’ However, Maruti Suzuki as it turns out has been thinking green in a practical manner. It is the only mainstream manufacturer to have completely discontinued the usage of diesel engines and it has the widest range of CNG-powered cars. Now, the brand is working on biofuel and even electric vehicles. This makes Maruti Suzuki one of the greenest manufacturers in the Indian market.