Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL), a Mumbai-based joint venture between GAIL (India) Ltd and BGAPH (a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc), has joined with M/s Eco Fuel (Indian Partners of Lovato, Italy) to launch a major transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel for two-wheelers. The initiative continues MGL’s endeavor to protect the environment through its eco-friendly fuel.
The launch was done by the Honourable Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan in Mumbai. Speaking at the occasion, he said that the launch of CNG fueled two wheelers will give an opportunity to more than 3.6 million two wheelers running in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to opt for this eco-friendly fuel.
Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan also launched e-wallet payments which can be used at the time of filling CNG, thus supporting and working towards the objective of making India a cashless economy.
In the last few years CNG powered vehicles have grown in Mumbai Metropolitan Region at a CAGR of over 70% given the fuel economics and eco-friendly nature of CNG.
The CNG kit for two wheelers comprises of two CNG cylinders of 1.2 kg each, which can run 120 to 130 km per kg per fill at an approximate cost of INR 0.60 (less than USD 1 cent) per km. In the initial phase, the scooters shall be retrofitted with a CNG kit manufactured by Lovato.
Presently two kit manufacturers namely M/s ITUK & M/s Lovato have got two-wheeler CNG kits approved by ARAI, Pune and ICAT Gurgaon respectively. Lovato has got approval for 18 Scooter models of various OEMs present in the market. Considering the huge potential of this segment other kit manufacturers are also planning to launch their two-wheeler kits.
The following original equipment manufacturers have models approved for conversion to CNG: Hero, Honda, Mahindra, Suzuki, TVS, Vespa and Yamaha — 18 models in total in the state of Maharastra.
MGL says the linear average distance among CNG stations across MMR in the given zone is as follows:
- Western: 1.52 KM
- Central: 1.47 KM
- Navi Mumbai: 3.2 KM
- Kalyan, Dombivali, Ambernath and Badlapur (KDAB): 4.5 KM
The present infrastructure spread has the capacity of dispensing more than 2.7 million kgs of CNG per day which can fuel over 1 million vehicles in its operational area.
Additionally, MGL has also launched MGL Connect Mobile App (available on Google Play Store) which will assist consumers to find the nearest CNG station in MMR and nearby areas for convenient refueling experience.
(Source: Mahanagar Gas Limited)