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New CNG, LPG Cars for India

20 July 2006

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Maruti’s new LPG WagonR

Several major automakers, including Maruti Udyog, Tata, Ford India, and Hyundai, are expanding their line-up or introducing their first-time offerings of alternative-fueled cars in the Indian market.

Maruti Udyog, Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary, introduced India’s first LPG-powered car—the WagonR Duo—on Wednesday along with a new version of the WagonR. The new WagonR is about 10% more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, and the dual-fuel LPG version offers an operating cost about 33% less than that of the gasoline model, due to the price difference of the fuels.

The WagonR Duo uses a 1.0-liter four cylinder engine, and delivers 64hp (48 kW) of power and 84 Nm (62 lb-ft) of torque in gasoline mode, and 57.5 hp (43 kW) and 77 Nm (57 lb-ft) with LPG.

The Duo uses a toroidal LPG tank that fits into the spare-wheel well. The car has a combined gasoline-LPG range of 800 km (497 miles).

Hyundai is preparing to introduce a similar gas-powered version of Santro, according to a report in the Times of India.

Also on Wednesday, Tata Motors launched the Bharat Stage III (equivalent to Euro 3) compliant CNG versions of the Indica and the Indigo Marina. The company had first introduced a Bharat Stage II compliant CNG Indica in the National Capital Region (NCR) in 2001.

The CNG option is now available as an aftermarket conversion at the dealer level through a partnership with Shrimankar Gas Car Services, the Indian distributors for Bedini CNG kits from Italy.

The dual fuel vehicles retain their original 37-liter gasoline tank, and add a 60-liter CNG tank. The car has a driving range of 140 km (87 miles) on CNG.

Ford India announced that it will launch compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of its cars by the end of the year, with the first application being on the Ford Ikon. The Ikon, according to India’s Business Standard, is one of the poorer selling models. For the first six months of the year, ford India sold 23,758 cars of which the Fiesta represented around 20,000, or about 84%.

India has the fifth largest fleet of natural gas vehicles in the world, according to statistics from the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles. As of March 2006, India had 248,000 CNG vehicles on the road—almost twice that of the US’s 130,000, but far behind the million-plus fleets of Argentina, Brazil and Pakistan.

(A hat-tip to John Baldwin!)

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It is kind of mystery for me how LPG fuel is overlooked in any respect. I would touch only one thing: performance applications:
Propane injection in intake air increases max diesel power up to 30% (20% is more sensible)
LPG fuel costs less then regular gasoline, yet could support about 7% max power increase over premium gasoline in turbo/super charged or stroked engine cars.
In any application LPG offers 70+% less engine wear and substantially prolongs oil changing intervals.
It is ideal low-cost substitution to performance carb engines.
It is inherently low-emission fuel even without 3-way cat and lambda control.

Why?!!

And these cars can be run on renewable bio gas.
They had the right idea in Beyond The Thunderdome.

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I find it highly amusing that suzuki has named a car after the head of GM! Especially one running on gas.

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The energy needed to maintain the low temperature in LNG tank, where does it come from. Does it take from the NG fuel itself. And how much NG energy does it consume in 1 month. Any idea.

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i want to know all the cng cars in india

see this thing LPG car

i am interested in opening C.N.G. station in Kanpur as there is lots of problem because of one station and i want to promote it.......

I want to know the CNG COMPRESSOR PLANTS in India.

pl send all details of lpg kits available in india.

I VE GOT ONE TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 AUTO TRANSMISSION , IMPORTED FROM JAPAN IN 1995 PETROL DRIVEN CAR.

KINDLY LET ME KNOW WHICH GAS KIT( LPG / CNG) SHOULD INSTALLED TO REDUCE MY FUEL BILL.
MY DRIVING CONDITIONS.

MY CITY : DELHI
CITY / HIGHWAY : 20 : : 80
MONTHLY TRAVELLING 3500 KM

PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT THE PROFORMANCE ALSO.

HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT ME.

THANKS

NAVEEN

There are DMe developments in CHina today:
LPG is mainly used as residential & industrial. The demand is increasing in Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. LPG price is estimated to be increasing due to market growth in future. DME is very competitive against LPG price and LPG substitute is one of most potential market for DME. Pure DME combustion with household cooking gas stove for LPG was tested in Japan and it was reported that some modification would be needed. In China DME is mixed with LPG and the mixture without modification. DME can be blended up to 20% with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and used for household cooking and heating.

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I want to kow all the cars which are working on CNG/LPG & also the cars performance which is better & Fuel efficient.

Please let me know that weather Maruti Udyog is ready to launch CNG cars. If yes how much time will it take to come on to the road.

Thanks.

Dinesh Tripathi

Is any possibility of getting more power from my little suzuki alto by removing the restriction at the end of the snorkel in the air box and pumping more and more air into it??

Sir,

I am having Wagon R Duo LXi. Whether I can run the car continuously on LPG for long distance? Whether I can run on LPG during rainy season? Is it necessary to shift to Petrol during rainy season and long distance run? kindly clarify.

I want to install CNG in my Santro xing 2003. Lambda is necessary to install & what is the need of lambda. Can i run my car without lambda.

i have huge expirience in lpg conversion if any doubts or questions please ask by this forum.

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i wnt to install cng kit in my santro model 2000 pls mail me the details regarding cost,cylinder capacity,mileage & other specificatins

is the wagonR Duo available in cng variant?
If not then how much does it cost to install one?
is it safe to use cng as fuel in a small car?
Which company's kit is the best and where can i get a cng kit fitted in delhi?

i wanna know all the CNG-LPG (duo) cars available in india... i wanna know it quickly as there is a desperate need... well-acquainted guys please help!!!!!!!!!waiting

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