India-made Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R running on bio-methane to showcase at the 2023 Tokyo Moto Show
A lot is happening at the upcoming 2023 Tokyo Motor Show. Automakers from around the globe especially in Japan will showcase their best of automobiles and upcoming concept cars. Suzuki is among them, they will showcase the made-in-india Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R running on biomethane at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.
The Japanese automaker showcased the Wagon-R at the G7 summit in Hiroshima in May. It is said the carmaker will reveal the India-made Wagon-R instead of the Japan-made model. Flex-fuel is the tech of the future as fossil fuel-powered cars to go extinct soon to meet the net zero carbon emission laws. Several Japanese automakers such as Toyota and Suzuki are working on this technology.
Suzuki will showcase the India-made Wagon-R running on Compressed biomethane gas (CBG) at the Japan Mobility Show. The Indian government has also pushed automakers to develop cleaner solutions instead of current fossil fuel engines.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Compressed Biomethane Gas (CBG)
The Wagon-R CBG was developed at Maruti Suzuki’s R&D center in India. The automaker has been working on the CBG-powered Wagon-R since 2022. It will be showcased at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show along with its details about the CBG programme in India.
Last year, Maruti Suzuki showcased the Wagon-R flex-fuel prototype. The prototype had an engine powered by (E20) ethanol-petrol blend from 20-85 percent. The company’s chairman said that instead of relying on EVs, hybrid tech, CNG and CBG-powered cars will help more to reduce the carbon footprint of the car.
What is CBG?
CBG or compressed biomethane gas is similar to CNG (compressed natural gas), it is derived from organic waste. Unlike, CNG which is derived from petroleum sources while CBG consists of the decomposition of organic matter. Wastes such as cow dung agriculture residue and even sewage are used to make biogas. After several stages of refinement, this gas as an end product can be used as an alternative fuel source.
The Indian government will invest $24 billion (Rs. 200 Crore) to produce 1.5 crore tonnes of compressed biogas. It will be made in the 5,000 biogas plants by 2023. This initiative will make India reduce the overall costs of importing CNG from outside.