According Mumbai’s CNG kit dealers, the fuel can lead to savings of over 70 per cent, as it is not only cheaper than petrol, but also delivers better fuel range. For example, a Honda CR-V, which generally gives a range of 6-7 km per litre of petrol, would provide at least 17 km per kg of natural gas.
The large number of petrol-car drivers now opting for CNG technology, mainly imported from Argentina and Italy, is due to increasing oil prices. “Till last year, we used to equip about 40 private cars with kits in a month. This has risen to 300 to 400 cars,” said Dharampal Singh from Bindra CNG regarding the new trend.
As reported by India Times, dealers have been seeking approval from the Regional Transport Offices to install CNG equipment in hi-end cars, including some BMW and Mercedes models, so that premium customers can also benefit of natural gas advantages.