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Old 10th April 2008, 13:19   #16
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As long as you go with Factory fitted LPG cars - WagonR Duo or Cedia, LPG is a good option for cars outside of Delhi/ Mumbai. For cars in those Metros, CNG makes much more sense. CNG distribution infrastructure is VERY expensive and troublesome to set up, so it really depends on the individual city and its government.

All current generation CNG cars are manufacturer endorsed only i.e. Dealer retrofitted. Examples are the Indica, Optra etc. Maybe the new Santro CNG is factory fitted? Not sure about the Ikon or Lancer CNG.

The most luxurious CNG car you can purchase is the Optra. The most luxurious LPG car you can purchase is the Lancer Cedia ALPG

Assuming 2000 kms running a month of Petrol, your cost is Rs. 10,000 apx
" " " " CNG your cost is Rs. 4,500 aprx
Yearly savings = Rs. 60,000 +

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And just read that Pune will kick-start CNG economy by June 2008.
Let's keep our fingures crossed.

If that happens, we will see many other cars with built-in CNG.
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Not sure about the Ikon or Lancer CNG.
The Ikon ha an option while buying it, one can fix the CNG kit, its completely through ford. The Cost is 40K , but well worth it in the long run, when one knows that a car is gonna stay for years. Ford came out with this option in December 07 here in hyd.
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Screwdiva , i m doubtful about one thing
In delhi , i have talked to a few CNG fitters , they say that optra on CNG will run on 1.25Rs perkm . i.e 17-19km per kg of gas

how come urs is running less ??
Please elaborate !
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Of course CNG makes sense even without the present subsidised pricing in India. But unfortunately at present, what you save in money gets spent on time (huge lines at filling stations). I would say that a CNG car requires a driver who can be made to get the car filled.
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Of course CNG makes sense even without the present subsidised pricing in India. But unfortunately at present, what you save in money gets spent on time (huge lines at filling stations). I would say that a CNG car requires a driver who can be made to get the car filled.
here in gujarat, thanks to Mr Modi, cng network is spreading. in my city there are atleast five cng stations and i dont have to wait for more than fifteen minutes. forget the pricing but think about the future of your kids. what kind of environment are you going to give them? i also strongly believe that government should subsidise cng/lpg rather than diesel.
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Of course CNG makes sense even without the present subsidised pricing in India. But unfortunately at present, what you save in money gets spent on time (huge lines at filling stations). I would say that a CNG car requires a driver who can be made to get the car filled.
Not the case AT ALL here in Bombay. 5 mins tops. In, full tank, out. Rs. 150 for the next 100 kms

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Screwdiva , i m doubtful about one thing
In delhi , i have talked to a few CNG fitters , they say that optra on CNG will run on 1.25Rs perkm . i.e 17-19km per kg of gas

how come urs is running less ??
Please elaborate !
The Optra can give 15-16 kms/ kg when running on the highway. I dont believe it will manage that in city traffic with AC. Dont believe everything you hear.
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Great article. Is there CNG in Bangalore?

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Great article. Is there CNG in Bangalore?

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Unfortunately Bangalore doesn't have CNG infrastructure. Given that it was introduced in Delhi to reduce pollution from public buses, it is a great idea for Bangalore (wish).

Bangalore does have LPG stations, however there isn't a manufacturer supplied LPG kit for Optra.
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Hello:

I've bought a used 2005 Optra 1.8 LT (not sure if it's NY edition - no service history / manual available) last month. On petrol I did not get more than 8 kmpl.

I went in for the Lovato CNG sequential kit. With installation it cost me around 62K in Mumbai. The guy is known to me - I've done a CNG installation (open loop) on my Indica Xeta.

Now I get approx 110 kms on a tankful around 9-10 kgs and my running cost has come down to approx Rs. 3/- per km.
Yes there is indeed a power loss and at times I feel there is no pick-up in a stop-and-go traffic especially on inclines even in 1st gear. Another issue I'm facing is the engine often stops in 2nd gear. But since this is a random behavior I am unable to replicate it. Will go for a check-up with the CNG guy soon.

All in all, it's an awesome car to drive / be driven in.

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Another issue I'm facing is the engine often stops in 2nd gear. But since this is a random behavior I am unable to replicate it. Will go for a check-up with the CNG guy soon.

All in all, it's an awesome car to drive / be driven in.

Cheers
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Nitin,
I recently had my Optra 1.8 (2003) converted to CNG. I find that revving the engine a little bit more while on CNG allows me to start effortlessly.
Secondly, at low speeds, I need to slot down to 1st gear on CNG whereas with petrol even 2nd would have sufficed. Have you tried that?

IMO, I was spoilt by not needed frequent gear changes (1-2-3) in city traffic due to the neat torque curve of the optra 1.8. With CNG, that changes a little. Small price to pay given all the other advantages!

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