The year 2020 had a rocky start. With never before seen pandemic and natural catastrophes, it’s evident that the economical growth should be sustained while considering its environmental impact. The eco-friendly movement in Indian automobile industry began a few years back, with more and more carmakers concentrating on bringing EVs into the market and the new BS6 era does provide a ray of hope considering the amount of pollution a normal IC engine causes. The CNG vehicles played a huge role during the green initiative.
A CNG unit produces the least particular pollution compared to other fuel options. It also contains significantly fewer pollutants than petrol. CNG produces 20-30% lesser greenhouse gas emissions and 95% fewer tailpipe emissions than petrol. CNG is also a lot less cheap compared to other fuel options which are a huge plus in the post-pandemic world. Sadly, due to the lack of awareness there some myths around CNG variants that makes it rather unpopular. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding its performance, mileage, safety and durability.
Here, we bust some of the most popular CNG myths of all time:
CNG vehicles have similar performance as of its diesel or petrol engine counterparts. The feeling while driving is also the same. The new tech in CNG especially the factory fitted ones, utilize dual interdependent ECUs with an Intelligent Injection System which ensures a better drive quality.
CNG cars are not safe
Generally, CNG cars are completely safe. The car might face some issues only if the CNG unit is fitted by an unskilled local mechanic hence, it is recommended to always opt for the factory fitted version. The factory-fitted versions are completely safe as the entire process is done by qualified engineers and an assembly line. Wiring harness, leak-proof design and stainless-steel pipes and joints which prevent leakage are some of the huge plus points when it comes to the safety of CNG vehicles.
CNG cars have limited range
A CNG unit comes mated with a petrol engine. Most of the CNG units come with an auto switch which automatically switched the car to petrol if the car runs out of CNG. If you wish to drive on CNG only, make sure you still have a minimum amount of petrol in the car in case of emergencies.
CNG cars have high maintenance
Well, no. CNG cars have the same maintenance that of any other petrol or diesel CNG cars.
CNG cars only last short term
This isn’t true. CNG units can last as long as petrol and diesel units if it's being regularly serviced. The new factory-fitted CNG technology uses specially designed valve seats and mounting parts in the cylinder heads for the particular engine to ensure the longevity.
CNG Cars have poor resale
It’s one of the most popular myths about this third fuel option. Due to the rise in sales and preference towards CNG option, the CNG cars now have a good resale value. You can expect equally good value for your CNG cars, especially for a factory fitted CNG unit.
Maruti-Suzuki was the first carmaker to offer factory-fitted CNG unit in India with its S-CNG technology. Currently, only Maruti-Suzuki, Hyundai and Bajaj have come up with a factory-fitted CNG unit. The factory fitted unit also comes in BS6 version that follows the new emission norms, making the car even greener.
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