Here is what you need to know before installing a CNG kit in your vehicle
May 13, 2022
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With skyrocketing prices of fuels, opting for a budget-friendly, cheaper alternative such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) seems ideal to many of us. CMG is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution, and that’s why many commercial drivers in India are getting a CNG kit for their vehicles. A CNG kit mainly consists of a refilling valve, pressure gauge, and an electric control unit (ECU). Some more benefits of integrating a CNG kit in a vehicle are as follows:
Benefits of installing a CNG kit in your vehicle
Pollution-free– Installing a CNG kit in your car helps reduce carbon footprint by around 5-10% compared to petrol and diesel.
Higher safety– CNG has a very high auto-ignition temperature, and thus, it highly reduces the chances of your car catching fire.
Improved mileage– Using CNG as fuel in your car improves its mileage.
Adulteration-free– Unlike petrol and diesel, it is not possible to adulterate CNG.
Affordable– Unlike petrol and diesel, CNG is extremely affordable.
Things to consider before installing a CNG kit
If your planning to switch your car from petrol to CNG, given below are the things that you should consider before installing a CNG kit in your vehicle:
Compatibility of your vehicle with CNG
Before you decide to pair your vehicle with a CNG kit, make sure that your car is compatible with this change of fuel type. Only petrol cars are compatible with CNG, and even among petrol vehicles, not all are compatible candidates. To confirm your vehicle’s compatibility with CNG, you can check if your car model falls under the category of “CNG approved” cars by the registering authority of your state.
Using a retro-fitted CNG kit in your vehicle will require a license. If you want to convert your petrol vehicle to a CNG one, you will be required to obtain approval from your RTO. You will need to update the fuel type details on your vehicle registration certificate from petrol to CNG to get this approval.
Installation and maintenance cost
No doubt that buying a CNG kit from an authorized dealer can be costly. In addition to that, you should also know that the maintenance or repair costs of CNG cars are also very high. However, the fact that prices of petrol and diesel are ever-increasing, and compared to these, driving a CNG car can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run. Also, you can get CNG car insurance, which takes care of the maintenance costs.
CNG fuel availability is another important factor to consider. CNG is not available at every gas station, and therefore it is important to refill the tank regularly to avoid problematic situations. Therefore, before you get a CNG kit for your car, check if you have a CNG fuel station in your area.
Given below are some more things to consider while installing a CNG kit for your car:
All CNG kits are not genuine, and therefore make sure you are selecting a credible brand
To ensure the longevity of your CNG kit, invest only in a reputed fitment centre
Opt for less paperwork and check warranty coverage
Changes in fuel type may affect car insurance claims
Car’s performance can be compromised
How to choose a CNG kit for your car?
There are various types of CNG kits available in the market. A few of them are as follows:
Venturi CNG Kit
Venturi CNG kits are suitable for any automobile, fuel-injected, or carburetor-driven vehicle. As compared to other kits, these are a lot more affordable and easier to install. Based on the input from the throttle, these kits deliver a fixed amount of gas into the engine’s intake manifold. One other factor that you should remember when settling for a Venturi CNG Kit is that it requires frequent cleaning by experts, and thus, in the long run, it incurs considerable expenses.
Sequential CNG Kit
According to experts, Sequential CNG kits are a better option when it comes to automobile installation. This type of kit has a separate electronic control unit to control the CNG gas flow to the engine unit. This helps in improving the pick and mileage of cars. However, these kits are challenging to install.
Thus, before deciding on the CNG kit for your vehicle, look out for all the options, and select one that fits your budget and vehicle make and model best!