New Delhi. In the midst of growing petrale diesel prices in India, Maruti Suzuki has planned to cash it in the wake of increasing demand for CNG vehicles. The company expects that more than fifty percent of its capacity will be CNG vehicles by the middle of this year. Maruti Suzuki currently has eight out of 14 models in the Indian market with CNG option, the company now wants to further strengthen its portfolios by increasing the option of CNG in more cars as well. The company also indicated that the company is trying to give the option of CNG in other models as well. Currently, Maruti’s Swift Dzire, Alte, WagonR, Celariye, Ike, Swift are offering CNG options in Petra variant of Artica.
Shashank Srivastava, executive director (marketing and sales), Maruti Suzuki India, told news agency PTI that there has been a jump of nearly 37 percent in the purchase of CNG vehicles this year. While at one time there was a decline of 18 percent between April and January. With the increasing demand for CNG vehicles, they believe that Petrail and diesel are suddenly rising prices, the effect of which is being directly studied in the savings of mangoes.
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CNG runs at Rs 1.5 per kilometer
CNG vehicles run at just Rs 1.5 per kilometer while petrel diesel vehicles cost around four rupees. This is the reason why people are now giving more priority to CNG vehicles, because its running cost is much less. Maruti sold one lakh six thousand units of CNG vehicles last year. In the year 2020-21, it has just reached 1 lakh 19 thousand units. By the end of the year, it is expected to reach 1 lakh 55 thousand units, ie a fifty percent increase.
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By next year it will be 4500 CNG filling stations
Apart from this, they say, the second reason for the surge in the demand of CNG vehicles is now the growth of CNG station network, they say that till four years ago there were only 1200 CNG filling stations in India, now it has been reduced to 2400. It is expected that by next year it will be 4500. He said that as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the budget that the government will eat CNG stations in 100 other cities by March 2022, after which it will be in about 375 cities in India.