As petrol hits century, CNG may be the all-rounder of the mobility game

CNG kits are an additional cost but ensure running costs are kept lower than vehicles only on petrol or diesel.Factorty-fitted CNG kits are offered by several car makers which ensures warranty.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 22 Feb 2021, 05:15 PM
File photo of cars getting CNG filled at a station in New Delhi. (MINT_PRINT)
File photo of cars getting CNG filled at a station in New Delhi. (MINT_PRINT)
File photo of cars getting CNG filled at a station in New Delhi. (MINT_PRINT)
File photo of cars getting CNG filled at a station in New Delhi.

Mileage of a car has once again emerged as a key factor in deciding whether it makes practical sense to buy the car or not. For buyers in the mass-market automobile segment, fuel price hikes may be one reason to push back purchases even as those already with a personal four or two wheeler are feeling the pinch stronger than ever before. Petrol prices in recent weeks have soared to new highs with diesel rates also soaring. And while the best driving and riding practices are often espoused as a way of saving fuel, the cost per kilometre of moving in personal vehicles is costlier than ever before. As such, CNG has once again emerged as a viable fuel option for those looking at a comparatively more affordable option.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Skoda Kodiaq Petrol Bs6 (HT Auto photo)
Skoda Kodiaq Petrol Bs6
Prices are currently unavailable
Honda All New City (HT Auto photo)
Honda All New City
1498 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.8 kmpl
Mercedes-benz E-class-all-terrain (HT Auto photo)
Mercedes-benz E-class-all-terrain
1950 cc | Diesel | Automatic | 12.06 kmpl
Honda City (HT Auto photo)
Honda City
1497 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.4 kmpl
Maruti Suzuki Xl6 2022 (HT Auto photo)
Maruti Suzuki Xl6 2022
1462 cc | Petrol | Manual | 20.97 kmpl
Tata Tigor Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Tigor Ev
Electric | Automatic

(Also read: Maruti looking to cash in on increased demand for CNG vehicles)

A CNG vehicle typically does have a higher upfront cost. Factory-fitted CNG kits can cost anywhere between 50,000 to 60,000 while authorized centers may charge around 40,000. That the cylinder takes up all of the space in the boot of a small vehicle and most of the space inside the boot of a sedan also tends to put off many. Then there is the issue of a dip in performance.

But the trade-off is quite significant, especially in current times.

At around 43 per kilo, a CNG vehicle can travel for around 20 kilometres. That is a little over 2 per kilometre. In comparison, a litre of petrol in Delhi on Monday was at 90.58. Assuming a car returns 20 kilometres to a litre, that is still more than 4 per kilometre. Two cars - one on CNG and the other on petrol - running about 50 kilometres on a day will have a sizable difference in running costs. Over a time period of a few years, the cost of CNG installation is likely to be recovered.

The issue of boot space is a compelling factor but many have chosen to install roof rails for storing luggage. And with newer technology, the performance difference between CNG and petrol/diesel vehicles has become marginal, even if it still does exist. Then there is the fact that emission levels are lower in a CNG vehicle as it is a green fuel.

Companies like Maruti and Hyundai have quite the lead when it comes to offering factory-fitted CNG kits. While these kits may cost more than what one may pay in the outside market, there is the benefit of warranty, increased safety and hassle-free service experience.

As such, with petrol and diesel prices showing absolutely no signs of climbing down, the relevance of CNG as an automotive fuel may be more now than ever before.

First Published Date: 22 Feb 2021, 05:14 PM IST
Recommended For You
View All

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city