Expressindia. Starting in June, all buses running out of Gurgaon in the state of Haryana, India (next to New Delhi) will run on B5 biodiesel (5% biodiesel).
The decision from the Haryana government came after a year-long pilot test that confirmed reductions in PM and a marginal improvement in fuel efficiency.
IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) provided the biodiesel, processed from jatropha, at no extra cost.
‘‘Smoke levels in buses running on fuel mixed with bio-diesel have certainly gone down,’’ says R.K. Malhotra of IOC’s R & D Division. IOC got the emission from these buses checked at its R & D facility in Faridabad. ‘‘Although, improvement in mileage was something we were not expecting, it seems to be a positive development. Having a home-grown fuel like this can go a long way in providing energy-security to the country,’’ he adds.
Although only B5 was used in the test, the participants are looking to increase the blend to a B20 over the next few months.