Ford Looking for Gov't Help to Replace Old Vehicles, Add New Fuels

With a number of old, polluting vehicles ploughing on the roads, the possible solution could be a co-operation between the government, oil companies and car manufacturers to replace old models and provide new fuels, says Dr Haren Gandhi, Henry Ford Technical Fellow at the Ford Motor Company.

Published: 22-Jan-2007

Pune, January 21: With clean-fuel systems being the need of the hour, companies like Ford have called for the right infrastructure and fuel to be provided by the government, in order to introduce clean-automotive technologies in the country. "We have the technology, we now want to be given the right governmental support to introduce clean and efficient automobiles in the country," said Dr Haren Gandhi, Henry Ford Technical Fellow at the Ford Motor Company.

Speaking to reporters recently, Gandhi said that technologies like biodiesel-powered cars and micro-hybrids could be effective ways to curb pollution and increase efficiency. "India needs to adopt technologies that are suitable to its needs, ranging from fuels like ethanol, CNG, LPG, hydrogen, biodiesels and hybrids. The aim should be to introduce technologies that have potential in the market and have the right kind of policies to support it," said he.

Citing the case of Brazil, he said that the country had used fuels like ethanol to completely cut back their oil dependency on other countries. "While ethanol could be suitable in Brazil, in India, clean fuels like CNG which are plentiful can be a viable alternative. With a number of old, polluting vehicles ploughing on the roads, the possible solution could be a co-operation between the government, oil companies and car manufacturers to replace old models and provide new fuels," said Gandhi, adding that Ford had been rendering its assistance to centres like the Pune-based Automobile Research Association of India (ARAI) on projects like 'An emmisions measurement facility', since the 1980s.

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