CNG conversion in Cars and its demand
As rising petrol prices have blown a hole in car owners’ pockets, the city garage reported an increase in vehicles’ entry to convert to compressed natural gas. Mandar Date of Date Automobiles on DP Road (near Mhatre Bridge) said 2,530 gasoline cars are converted to CNG in his garage every month. According to Date, this figure has almost doubled since the price of gasoline surpassed the Rs 90 per litre mark.
According to the mechanics, only petrol cars can be converted to CNG, and the cost of the procedure is between Rs.40,000 and Rs.50,000, depending on the model.
“Due to the high price of petrol, I modified my car two months ago. CNG provides better mileage, and now CNG pumps are installed on the main roads, so refilling is not a problem,” said the owner of the vehicle, Sunil Pote.
If the vehicle has been converted to compressed natural gas, the vehicle owner must notify the Regional Transportation Office (RTO). Sanjay Sasane, Pune’s deputy regional transportation officer, agreed to observe a slight increase. Sasane said that they will soon publish guidelines for such conversion and approval procedures,” Sanjay Sasane said.
In the pre-Covid period, about 350 vehicles were collectively converted from Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and rural areas to CNG. Now it is gradually increasing to 600 per month. However, Sasane said that safety regulations must be followed during vehicle modification.
“First, it must be an RTO authorized workshop. Then, please check the production date of the compressed natural gas cylinder. It must be the latest. The CNG kit installed in the car must be obtained from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and approved by the International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT). Also, be sure to get a GST invoice from the seminar. After the vehicle is converted, RTO overtakes. You must also notify the insurance company of the conversion, “said Vivek Dhirange, head of Green Globe Fuel Solutions.