The skyrocketing fuel cost is a reason to worry for a large number of car owners in India. While petrol in Delhi costs around Rs.75 and diesel costs around Rs.67, CNG seems to be a viable option which costs around Rs.40/kg. This is why many car buyers in India are getting a CNG Kit for their cars. A CNG kit not only makes your car environment-friendly but also enhances its performance in a significant way. Use of CNG as fuel in your car will improve the mileage of your car and help you save an average cost of Rs.3 to Rs.5 for each kilometre travelled. However, before you get a CNG kit for your car, you must be aware of the following factors.
Licencing And CNG Compatibility:
Not all the cars available in the market today are CNG compatible. Before you buy a CNG kit, you must ensure that your vehicle is CNG compatible. Also, you will need to obtain an approval from the concerned government authority before you install a CNG kit in your car. The process can be time-consuming. Once you get the approval, you should get the change in vehicle fuel endorsed in the vehicle Registration Certificate (RC) as well. However, the process of getting approval and recording the same in the vehicle RC can be a lot easier if you get a CNG kit installed at the time of buying a new car.
Cost of Installation and Maintenance:
The initial investment of getting a CNG kit installed can be anywhere between Rs.50,000 and Rs.60,000 based on the model of your car. However, you can recover the initial investment within a few years by saving on the running cost of the vehicle. Though CNG is a more economic and efficient substitute, it has a disadvantage too. The CNG can reduce the power and performance of the car which will increase the maintenance cost of the vehicle. The maintenance cost may even be higher than that of a petrol or diesel car.
There is a limited number of CNG fuel stations in our country and therefore it is important to refill the tank regularly to avoid difficult situations. While going for long road trips, it is better to know in advance the availability of CNG filling stations on your way. You may also keep extra petrol or diesel for backup.
High Cost of Insurance:
As the maintenance and repair cost of CNG cars is higher than petrol or diesel cars, the insurance premium too is higher for these cars. Though CNG offers you a lower running cost, the insurance cost of the same should also be considered before getting a CNG kit for your car. The age of the car and the car model will also affect the cost of insurance. It is better to consult your vehicle insurer to know the actual insurance cost.
For endorsement of CNG in vehicle Registration Certificate (RC), the following documents are required:
- Vehicle Registration Certificate (RC)
- Insurance certificate of the vehicle
- Identity proof of the vehicle owner
- Valid Pollution Under Control Certificate attested by a notary (PUC is not required in case of a new vehicle)
- Duly filled Form 20 along with the imprint of chassis number and cylinder number.
- Application for endorsement of CNG fuel in Registration Certificate for CNG fuel endorsement on RC copy
- Invoice of CNG retro-fitment
CNG cars have their own advantages and disadvantages. Though the initial installation cost is on the higher side, there can be significant savings in the long run. The insurance cost may also go up but it is something we should not compromise with. Getting a comprehensive car insurance policy is important to have a wider coverage against a variety of mishaps involving your vehicle. CNG can be a great option especially when your car is still new and you have a long time to recover the installation cost and benefit from the reduced operating cost of the vehicle.