Date: April 7, 2012
With the rising Fuel costs, CNG as alternate fuel has been gaining high prominence for both New Cars and Old cars running on Road. Know different types of CNG and which CNG is better for your car along with there cost of fitment and price.
What is CNG
CNG is Compressed Natural Gas and is the best Eco Friendly Methane Fuel which is not only safer but also highly fuel efficient and environment friendly. Government has approved multiple CNG Kits and prescribe them for conversion of Petrol Cars with the CNG Kit.
Types of CNG Kit
Comes in 3 types - Open Loop, Closed Loop and Sequential Injection Kit. Of all 3, Sequential Injection Kits are the best and most preferred among all 3 types. Now, there are options of installing CNG Kits imported from Argentina and Italian Markets or Indian Kits. Italian Kits are more popular and considered better as per experts suggestion and CNG Kit Stations compared to Indian Kits.
Saving on Fuel Cost
Average running cost for CNG is approx Rs. 1.75/km as compared to Petrol which is approx Rs. 5/km. A monthly running of 3000 kms will lead to saving of Rs. 1 Lac in Fuel Cost every year.
Cost of CNG Kit
Price of CNG Kit starts from approx Rs. 21000 and the best Italian Sequential Injection CNG Kits costs around Rs 60000 including cost of fitting.
Where to Install CNG Kits
Go only to Government Authorized CNG Stations and get Sequential Italian CNG Kit Installed. The Sequential Injection kits needs expertise and go only with Authorized. Also, ensure to get the endorsement done in Insurance and RC post Installation to avoid rejection of claims and ensuring car to remain under warranty.
Drawbacks of CNG Kits
Eats up Boot Space when installing CNG Kit from dealer or on old car. In Factory Fitted CNG Kits, CNG Kits are installed under the body of vehicle leaving boot space untouched. Also, CNG Kits required periodic maintenance once every 4-6 months. Next, CNG Stations are not available in numbers in Indian market. Hence, when on highway drive - one may face a difficulty, Also - the local CNG Stations in Delhi is good time consuming due to heavy rush and limited stations compared to Petrol Cars.
However, now CNG Kits comes wherein car runs for 2-3 kms on petrol and then on CNG. There are both dual Fuel options - Petrol and CNG Available for Car even after installing CNG Kit
Compatibility of Cars
All Cars - Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Skoda, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Nissan, Fiat etc are compatible with CNG Kits. For more details, contact your authorized dealer or nearest Authorized CNG Station
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