CNG as the Best and Cheapest Alternative Fuel for Cars in India

I have not installed CNG in my car up until now due to my office being very near to my house but then also when I go for outings on weekends, I have to spend more money on petrol. I agree that sometimes it hurts my pocket. Since CNG launched as an alternate fuel in India, it has been always in my mind that it is good for long distance drivers and not for short distance travelers like me, but keeping in mind the rising petrol prices in India, it is important to think over fuel efficiency and I think I need to install a CNG kit in my car. For this I asked one my close friend, Amit, who installed CNG kit at 50,000 kilometers in his Santro Xing XS 2004.

He said that now his car has completed 64,000 kms. The engine is as good as new according to what he says. His car gives 14 kmpl on petrol and 20km/kg on CNG both with AC and without AC in mix conditions, which makes running cost phenomenally low than petrol. He has faced no problems till now. He says that his car runs butter smooth on petrol and CNG both. Maintenance has slightly reduced, as engine oil does not get contaminated when using CNG. He frankly says that though the car is a bit sluggish when in traffic with AC but he can live with it. He is very happy with CNG because now he does not have to pay 1000 rupees every time on petrol pumps, just 200 bucks and he is ready for 160 to 165 kms on AC.

CNG is cheap fuel alternative to petrol and diesel for cars.
CNG is cheap fuel alternative to petrol and diesel for cars.

He suggested two things to me for improving pickup and performance of car on CNG.

1. Timing Advancer with CNG: He says a timing advancer enhances the pickup of car on CNG. Get it installed in your CNG car and you will notice a very little bit of difference in pickup, especially with AC. A logical reason is that there is 100 kg CNG cylinder in your car 24X7 and it increases the weight. Another reason is that Hyundai Santro gets inclined toward the rear side with CNG cylinder and this reduces the pickup and mileage because the engine has to do more work to get the car moving. The latter problem can be overcome with something called Gutkha (in Hindi) put in the rear suspension and it is reasonable and good.

2. Lambda Control System for CNG: It regulates the air to fuel ratio and is beneficial for all cars going for a CNG conversion, but he says that Santro eRLX has a company fitted oxygen sensor, which does the job of Lambda, so there is no need of installing Lambda in Santro.

He also answered questions on pickup and mileage on CNG

Pickup on CNG: Pick up on CNG without AC is equal to pick up on petrol with AC.

Mileage on CNG: A very important aspect. This is most important reason why people are switching to CNG. In Delhi, CNG cost is 21/kg and cars totally driven on AC give around 1.30/km (around 4/km on petrol)

He also cleared two myths about CNG

  • CNG is safe or not? I have read this question several times on the Internet. He said that this is true if you are installing Chinese local kits from a third class CNG fitting shop. Even petrol is highly inflammable. Get your CNG kit installed from a government approved CNG center and forget about safety problems.
  • CNG decreases engine life or not? CNGs burning characteristics are same as the petrol and in fact its octane number is higher around 100, but its ignition temperature is higher than petrol so you might face starting troubles in winters, so always start your car on petrol in winters and then switch to CNG. Also nowadays, a CNG kit comes with an automatic switch, which starts automatically on petrol and then switches to CNG and this problem has also solved. Every new thing has some problem in the beginning.

So after reading his review on CNG, I am ready to install a government approved CNG kit in my car. Now, I will have more savings on fuel plus control emissions from my car as I have found the best alternative fuel for my car. Now it’s time to go and get it installed.

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suny51 6 years ago

This is true soni,but available to privileged few.but yes the day its available easily every where you'll be able to save on fuel bills.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes I agree suny51. Right now it is available in India and a few other countries I think, though I am not damn sure.


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creativeMind 6 years ago from Cochin

CNG reduces the pickup..that's true.

Recently i travelled in an indica fitted with cng.

due to fitting cng the boot couldn't be used for anything else.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes its true creativeMind. I agree with you. The car becomes heavy and loaded with CNG kit and cylinder all the time.


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New Child Safety 6 years ago

Soni,

This was a most interesting read. I had not heard of CNG up until now and I thank you for sharing the information


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Lgali 6 years ago

very nice hub goood info


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Lgali.


!! dino !! 6 years ago

Hi Soni,

This is dino from mumbai.

Can we fit CNG in Cheverlote optra?

What will be the impact on the performance?


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi dino, you can go on for getting a CNG fitted in your Chevrolet Optra but before doing this read this article: http://hubpages.com/autos/CNG-in-wagonr-more-milea...

The above link goes to an article on CNG in wagonR but it talks about CNG in general. Best of luck.


!! dino !! 6 years ago

Thanx soni for your advise..

I ll check the link.

By n Tc


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure dino. By the way, CNG prices have risen by 20% in India.


Azhar 6 years ago

hi Soni..the info you provided is really very useful.i've been thinking of buying Hyundai i20 for quite a while now, but am not sure if it can be fitted with CNG kit, and if yes, whether it'll work fine or not on it. I'll really appreciate if you can give me some suggestions.

Thanks in advance!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Hyundai i20 can be fitted with a CNG kit and it will work fine but always buy a govt approved CNG kit a little costly but a safe investment in the long run. Best of luck Azhar.


Azhar 6 years ago

Thanks a lot for the suggestion Soni..However, i have another question..how do I know if a CNG kit is govt approved or not?


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Brother it is really simple, buy it from a govt. approved shop and read all the details on the kit before buying. You can also confirm that the kit is govt approved or not by contacting through the phone no. mentioned on the kit.


azhar 6 years ago

Thanks for your valuable inputs Soni..


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure Azhar.


Suyash 6 years ago

Is a kit for i20 available only in Delhi or elsewhere too?


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Suyash, government approved CNG kits are readily available in Delhi for i20 or any other car. CNG kits are also available in Jaipur, Kanpur, Bangalore, Kolkata, Moradabad, Maharashtra, Meerut, Agra, Ambala, Faridabad, Gurjrat, Gurgaon, and many other Indian cities. I think you can get CNG kits for i20 wherever CNG has been started as an alternative fuel.


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Autoaficianado 6 years ago from California

Can a CNG kit be installed into any car?? What are the requirements?


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Maruti cars in India are the best cars to install a CNG kit. CNG as an alternative fuel to petrol is also working great in Hyundai cars but Fiat or Chevrolet cars are not compatible with CNG as there is a disturbing noise that always come while driving. Regarding requirements of CNG kit installation, first of all it depends in which country or region you are located and if CNG is available as an alternative in your region or not.


Kabir Sharma 6 years ago

I have heard that the mileage on petrol decreases after installing CNG kit.

Is it true?


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Rudra 5 years ago

its the way to go. Delhi has improved its atmosphere since it started using CNG.


Rahul 5 years ago

Can I install CNG kit on my Honda City 1.5 EXI Car 2007 Model ?

Plz tell me which would be the best kit ?

Reply asap .

Thanks a lot for your time and space .


dias 5 years ago

wat is d installation cost for i20


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Kabir, yes it is a true fact that mileage on petrol decreases after the vehicle is run on CNG.

@Rudra, yes I agree with you friend. A few years back, we were not able to even breathe properly on the roads due to loads of smoke from diesel buses and trucks and auto rickshaw and cars running on petrol but now everything has changed with the successful introduction of CNG in Delhi.


fashion 5 years ago

Great and informative hub.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot fashion.


ROhit 5 years ago

HI Guys,

Last week I installed CNG in automatic i10, after that I not able to the car on petrol, while on CNG is starts normally... any advice.

Thanks

ROhit


ROHIT 5 years ago

Last week I installed CNG in automatic i10, after that I not able to start the car on petrol, while on CNG is starts normally... any advice.

Thanks


chudapa 5 years ago

should i install cng kit in my brand new honda city?


Ravi Bhatia 5 years ago

I got a CNG kit fitted in my Honda City from Shrimankar, at Siweree Mumbai. The car has regularly been giving problem, every month I go to the mechanic. I have now brought the car to Delhi, took it to Shrimankar workshop in Okla, they have not been able to tune the CNG kit. Can somebody suggest a decent mechanic in south delhi or faridabad. Also I will strongly suggest never to go to Shrimankar for CNG fitment, they just talk big and are ZERO on customer service/ satisfaction. I am sure they will loose / go down with their popularity soon.


Ravi Bhatia 5 years ago

I own a company fitted Wagon R and a honda City in whish I got CNG kit fitted from Shrimankar. The Wagon R has never given any trouble

( 8 months old )and Honda City has never run problem free. I strongly recommend to use company fitted CNG specially from Maruti. pgd_73@hotmail.com


Manoj Kumar 5 years ago

Hi Soni,

I want to buy a car coming year Jan,2012. My budget is 2Lakh, i am looking a CNG car of i10, Ican efford 7000 PM EMI. CNG best for us


Satish Rana 5 years ago

I ve a Ford Fiesta (Petrol) and i would like to know whether the CNG kit would be compatible with it, and what would be the drawbacks in this process.


lalit sharma 5 years ago

i want to convert my ford ikon flair in cng,but cng dealers told me.its not success in ford.so plz tell me ,how is it success.

1. by advancer or by seqental kit.

2. but i want to success only ordinary kit,(general).


vaibhav 5 years ago

i want to run my car on (ethanol) e85

from where i can get flex fuel car or conversion kit for my car


DR ABHIJIT BHATTACHARYYA 5 years ago

i introduced CNG in my i20 i am getting a mileaiage of about 23 in local; with a/c on faceing no problem till date but be care donot mix two highly inflammable thing togather, it will make starting problenm


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jtrader 5 years ago

Anything that helps save money is worth consideration.


Jatin Pathak 5 years ago

Very good article to get knowledge & make decision for installation of cng kit in own car.


Ravi 5 years ago

Hi Friends,

I Own I10era 1.1. It has done 16000 KMS, can I fit LPG kit to this and what would be the city mileage in chennai. Can some suggest which KIT would be best suitable for this car and I would like to know CNG is available in chennai.

Thanks in advance for the information


jahangeer 4 years ago

i want to say that i knew to cng station location in ambala city


vaibhav 4 years ago

hi all,

i wanted to buy Wagon R CNG... my monthly running would be 300-500 km. becoz of petrol prize i dont want to go for petrol. plz suggest.

vaibhav


M.G.Giriraj 4 years ago

I have seen the comments of the users of the CNG KIT in the Cars,but Nobody mentioned the Name of the CNG KIT's and the deelers,Is it passible to get a Govt,Authoraised Deelers at Bangalore.Karnataka,if anybody Knows Please guide me and the cost of the kit also.Thanks.


sushmitha 4 years ago

yup.very nice cars we may get from cng yaar


jagdish 4 years ago

i recently purchase santro gls petrol , when can i go for CNG. it is said one should at least wait for 1 year or 2000 kms before installing CNG. which is best CNG kit available in gujarat.


Manguirish 4 years ago

No CNG pump nothin in GOA ! :( wot to do ? is LPG a good option for cars like i20 , figo ?


santosh 4 years ago

Hi Friends,

I Own chevorlate spark. It has done 6000 KMS, can I fit LPG or CNG kit to this and what would be the city mileage in mumbai. Can some suggest which KIT would be best suitable for this car and I would like to know CNG is available in mumbai


SALVI KARAN 4 years ago

IN CNG A.C. IS RUN ON WHICH??? ON BATTERY OR C.N.G. ????


RAJESH 4 years ago

ihave sentro zingcar gls model witch c.n.g.kit would you like fit in my car


Mukund 4 years ago

I've a Santro LP 2002 Dec model & have completed running of almost a lack kilometers. Will it be advisable to fit the car with CNG at this juncture? I had fitted it with LPG 4 yrs back. But the experience was not that good & hence I removed the LPG kit


ravzrann 4 years ago

what is the price of cng/kg ?

and is corrolla a good option for CNG kit ?


sandy291700 4 years ago

i have installed a cng lovato with lambda aceelarator in my RITZ LXi 2010 model after running it on petrol for 27000+ KM..from the very first day of fittment of CNG..the car is having missing issue on petrol..whenevr i start it on petrol it shows missinng and heavy vibrations are felt in the car...can somebody suggest me the solution..the fuel injectors are ok..and after dissembling cng the cars is workinng fine on petrol ....


nitin 4 years ago

Hi Soni, which make kit should be installed in Honda city exi model, 2005 make..ran 65000 km. Any suggestions.


Arnab 4 years ago

Hi

Can anyone suggest me I hv bought a Honda City EXi 2004 model shud I go for cng n if yes kit shud be of wich company


dhanraj 4 years ago

thank u vary much .. for sharing so useful information with a bro..... thank u again . bcs i was vary scared to installed cng kit in my car.. bt now i can ... thanks again


Vipin 4 years ago

i have a santro xing 2003 model with no engine problems. its completed 1,05,000 kms. can i get the CNG Kit installed in my car. I m asking from the KMs point of view.


suresh 4 years ago

Can I install CNG kit on my Honda City 1.5 EXI Car 2005 Model ?

Plz tell me which would be the best kit ? and where to fit.

Reply asap .


Ramesh pande 4 years ago

The price of CNG is Rs.50/- per Kg now in Gujarat and increasing every month. and you have to stand in Que in line to fill the tank and after so much long waiting how much u get in your tank please calculate first. how much wastage of time every day if u travel daily more then 70 km the diesel vehicle is best. and calculate the rate of accident vehicle get fire in CNG are more and expenses in vehicle repairs. the best is patrol and diesel the vehicles re made keeping in mind for them.


irfan 4 years ago

Hi,

can anybody suggest me ihv bought alto k10 brand new should i go for LPG or CNG which is best suggest me an it is sugesstable for my car.


irfan 4 years ago

weather i should go for LPG or CNG are not plz suggest me. if i go it effect to engin.


gnanipraveen@gmail.com 4 years ago

i v ford fiesta 1.6 petrol durstec pl advise possibility cng conversion diffects/advatages


A Latif Qureshi 2 years ago

Hi Soni2006, Thanks for publishing very useful article regading CNG, its advantage from angle of very economical & pollution free and disadvantages like pickup problems , reqrd more oxygen etc. If possible please elaborate more details possibly with diagram about Timing Advancer , Gutkha (Hindi) and its placement and benefit, and Lamda control. As you mentioned it is always advisable to go far Govt approved CNG kit from reputed and experience CNG distributor and installer, but i have different experience. I bought second hand matiz car in Mumbai for my son who wish to learn driving in through away price. My intention was after learning the same, I will dispose the car. One of my known and experience person has helped me second hand release good CNG ( as the Kit normally bears 5 years life, this release kit has hadly completed only 2 yrs life ) into my Matiz car with great efforts ( as matiz car engine area is very compact and very less room for fitting such kit). The whole work completed with 13 K. The my matiz has already completed journey of about 2500km on CNG and still running smooth on CNG except general problem of low pickup on CNG compare running on Petrol etc. That's why please guideme whether this Timing advancer, Gutkha and Lamda control will help me for matiz for overcome these differences. Secondly as you mentioned , i experience the difference of getting at least 3 to 5 Km/kg more mileage than petrol. If possible please also guide which is cheap and best Engine oil and Spark plugs to be used for CNG driven Cars. Thanks once again.


Abhinaya 2 years ago

There Is Any Option In Monthely Insatallment sequentional kit Wagon r k series 9211230355


MINHAJ 2 years ago

Does Santro and i10 has the same engine. Which car supports cng better. Also i10 I have read comments that thew front tyre skids and over periodic of 5 years span the car has some vibration problem and shifting of 1ts to 2nd gear is uneasy. Awaiting ur comment since Im planning to buy a 2009 i10 or a 2006 Santro. Thnx in advance..

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