- Reference Fuels
Recently, the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas launched the ‘Reference Gasoline and Diesel Fuels’ produced by IndianOil for the first time in India.
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Dimensions of the Article:
- About Reference Fuels
- Importance of Reference Fuels:
About Reference Fuels
- Reference fuels (Gasoline and Diesel) are high-quality, premium products used for calibration and testing of vehicles in the automotive industry.
- They play a crucial role in the development and assessment of vehicle engines, ensuring they perform well under various global climatic conditions.
- Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IndianOil) has successfully initiated the production of Reference Gasoline and Diesel Fuels in India, a milestone for the automotive industry.
Purpose and Application:
- Reference fuels are used in the calibration and testing of vehicles by automotive manufacturers, testing agencies like ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology), and ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
- These fuels serve as standard benchmarks for assessing vehicle performance, emissions, and efficiency during development and testing phases.
- The development of indigenously produced reference fuels reduces the need for importing such fuels from other countries.
Varieties and Sources:
- IndianOil’s Paradip Refinery will produce Reference Gasoline Fuels in various ethanol blends (E0, E5, E10, E20, E85, and E100).
- Panipat Refinery will be responsible for Reference Diesel Fuel production in B7 grade.
- Previously, India sourced reference fuels from companies in Europe and the United States.
- The local production of reference fuels by IndianOil complies with Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) specifications.
- It ensures import substitution, reduces costs, and offers a shorter lead time for automotive manufacturers.
- This development aligns with the Indian government’s initiatives to promote domestic manufacturing and self-sufficiency in critical sectors.
Importance of Reference Fuels:
- Reference fuels are vital for automotive manufacturers to create engines and assess vehicle performance.
- They are essential for guaranteeing that vehicles operate efficiently in different climatic conditions worldwide.
- The development and usage of reference fuels are crucial for the automobile industry’s quality control, emissions testing, and technological advancements.