Toyota’s Ethanol Hybrid Car Coming Tomorrow: What to Expect
After launching the new Hyryer hybrid SUV in the Indian market earlier this month, Toyota is now planning to expand its product portfolio with its first flex-fuel car which can be either a Toyota Camry or a Toyota Corolla hybrid. These models are currently sold in the Brazilian market where they have been tuned to burn ethanol-based fuel. One of these cars will come out of cover tomorrow at an event attended by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari has already announced at the 62nd annual meeting of the Association of Automotive Component Manufacturers (ACMA) that he will introduce a Toyota hybrid car in the country tomorrow (September 28). Although the Minister himself mentioned that it was the flex-fuel Toyota Camry, rumors suggest that it would be a hybrid Corolla.
The globally sold Corolla FlexFuel model is powered by the company’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine capable of running on E85 ethanol, along with powerful hybrid technology.
Previously, Toyota also introduced the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai in the Indian market, which was more or less a technology demonstrator for the company. Since there are no official developments from Toyota on this, expect the new car to be shown on the lines as well, to spark curiosity about ethanol-based technology in India.
India has previously advanced its target of producing 20% ethanol-blended gasoline (E20) from 2025 to 2023. And the government is planning a roadmap for the introduction of new flex-fuel models in India. Even Honda 2Wheelers has announced that it will launch flex-fuel bikes in India in 2023. The company has already introduced such two-wheelers in the country and has now also started testing in the country.
Stay tuned to Times Drive for more developments on the same.