Air pollution in India is a serious issue and is one of the main reasons for global warming. Some of the major causes are, fuelwood and biomass burning, fuel adulteration, vehicle emissions and last but not the least, traffic congestion.
Keeping the environmental issues in mind, My Eco Energy (MEE) plans to set up a network of franchisee-operated fuel dispensing stations.
The company will be producing non-petroleum based fuel Indizel, which the company claims can safely be used in diesel vehicles. Moreover, it is the only current diesel fuel which meets the EURO VI norms and is the second generation of bio-diesel product developed by MEE.
Santosh Verma, Co-founder, My Eco Energy stated, "It is not only a better alternative to ordinary diesel but is economical and suitable for the vehicle as it offers better fuel efficiency, ensuring a smoother ride as better lubricity provides longer engine life."
Indizel is currently in its final stages of being put on sale to the general public and DriveSpark got a chance to test the bio diesel over a distance of nearly 1200-kilometres. We drove on Indizel from Bangalore to Mumbai in the Renault Duster AMT variant powered by a diesel engine and here's what we have to say about it.
The test started off as a roadtrip in the Renault Duster RXZ AT along the Konkan Coast, going all the way from Mumbai to Bangalore via Goa, Mangalore, etc. The Renault Duster we were driving performed well throughout the drive down south running on regular pump diesel.
However, it was the drive back to Mumbai that changed our perspective about bio-diesel. MEE offered to give us nearly 100 litres of Indizel to test it out — an offer we couldn't resist.
Hence, we used up the regular diesel till we could almost feel the SUV sputtering, and then filled up with Indizel. The tank capacity was only around 50-litres, and we carried around 15 litres in a can. We were a little skeptical about the car reaching our next fueling stop — the Indizel fuel station at Kahalpur, Khopoli which was almost 950kms away.
The Renault Duster RXZ AT we were driving was powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine which pumps out a peak power power figure of 109bhp and a peak torque output of 245 Nm. I had been driving the Duster for a long distance time and I knew how it would respond to my throttle inputs.
To my surprise though the first thing that I noticed after filling up with Indizel is that the car was running smoother than before. Upon flooring the throttle, I realised that there was a slight bump in power delivery and a massive improvement in instantaneous torque delivery.
The claims made by MEE about Indizel turned out to be true after all. It wasn't just performance that had increased, but the car was a lot more fuel efficient as well. The car was constantly returning a fuel efficiency of around 18 to 21 km/l on the highway. Whereas, on normal diesel, it returned an average of around 15 to 17 km/l.
Owing to this huge bump in fuel efficiency, we reached the Indizel fuel station with 55 kms of driving range left, even after driving with the air-conditioning on. While the car was being refueled, we took some time to check out the Indizel fuel station, several of which are set to come up across the country in the next few months.
The MEE fuel stations will be operated by the company itself, while payments and fuel dispensing will be enabled through a mobile phone app. This would allow consumers to have a truly cashless experience.
After a quick refuel, we continued our journey. The increase in torque owing to Indizel in the tank allowed for a greater confidence while overtaking vehicles on the highway. The AMT variant of the Renault duster was otherwise very lethargic and had a lot of lag between shifts while running on regular diesel.
Thoughts On Indizel And Its Long-Term Usage
So what is the difference between normal diesel and Indizel? Well, Indizel is cheap, less damaging to the environment, made from biodegradable products, offers better fuel efficiency, increased performance and a smoother ride. With all these advantages, it makes great sense to start usage of Indizel instead of regular diesel.
The drawback of having absolutely no fueling stations in India except the one in Khopoli, would be solved soon, as MEE fuel stations are being set up across the country. We surely have a winner here, and cannot wait to use more of it in more of our cars.