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India's largest manufacturer for passenger vehicles, Maruti Suzuki is supposedly shifting its focus towards vehicle that run purely on (CNG) Compressed Natural Gas. The company wants to increase the number of CNG run vehicles in its portfolio.
Maruti Suzuki currently offers multiple petrol-CNG vehicles in the country and is now focusing on research and development of pure CNG models for the future. According to AutoCarIndia, the current crop of petrol-CNG vehicles use the same spark-ignition system that are present on petrol engines, but have them re-calibrated to run on either of the fuel systems.
The company feels that a limited network of CNG filling stations across the country plays a part in keeping pure CNG run engines away. The Petroleum Ministry however, is confident of setting up 10,000 CNG filling stations over the next 5 years.
Mr C V Raman, the Senior Executive Director at Maruti Suzuki feels that while the government's push for cleaner mobility will help create more direction for pure-CNG vehicles, refilling infrastructure is available only at metros, and therefore pure CNG cars are reserved for the future.
Mr Raman said, "The network of CNG stations are still growing. So customer anxiety is still there and so a buyer would prefer a bi-fuel car. Ultimately, the people using CNG are using it also for the economics and it does make a lot of difference in terms of running costs."
"It has the lowest running costs. So if they have that, they should also have the peace of mind to, when they go out of Delhi or something like that, they are still able to run the vehicle," he added.
The company feels that if there is an increase in the necessary infrastructure, people will be less anxious about CNG, and will spend lesser time at a fueling station. The current scenario requires that people who use petrol-CNG cars to spend too much time refueling.
Maruti Suzuki is currently the leading manufacturer for petrol-CNG cars in the country, and they say they are ready to make a move to pure CNG vehicles in the future, once there is more infrastructure.
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This is a great alternative for traditional fuels and for Lithium-ion operated vehicles. While all electrics can help curb pollution levels on an immediate basis, the eventual waste produced from batteries will make things worse.