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Maruti Suzuki CNG Portfolio: Maruti Suzuki plans to widen CNG portfolio as petrol, diesel costs rise |

New Delhi: With rising petrol and diesel costs driving up demand for its CNG automobiles, the nation’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India plans to widen its CNG portfolio by providing the gasoline possibility in 4 extra fashions ‘very shortly’, in accordance with a senior firm official.
The corporate, which plans to launch an electrical automobile (EV) within the Indian market by 2025, can be at the moment retaining a detailed watch on the nation’s EV ecosystem “to seek out out what’s the easiest way of evolution” to have the ability to provide reasonably priced EVs with trouble free charging infrastructure as a way to clock excessive volumes for a sustainable enterprise.
“Presently we now have eight fashions, which have CNG choices out of our whole of 14 fashions however we plan so as to add one other 4 very shortly on this portfolio,” Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) Senior Government Director (Advertising and marketing & Gross sales) Shashank Srivastava instructed PTI.
Going ahead, he stated,”We are going to attempt to develop extra and introduce extra CNG fashions.”
Srivastava, nonetheless, declined to share particulars and timelines for introducing new CNG fashions.
He stated the rise in petrol and diesel costs has accelerated the demand for CNG automobiles and out of the corporate’s whole present pending order of two.8 lakh items, as a result of semiconductor scarcity, 1.1 lakh orders are for CNG fashions.
“The working prices for a petroleum or diesel has climbed as much as virtually Rs 5 a kilometer whereas, for CNG it nonetheless stays round Rs 1.7 per per kilometer. The working price is so completely different now {that a} petrol or diesel automobile is thrice as costly to run (as in comparison with) a CNG automobile. That I believe is the primary motive for individuals all of a sudden switching to CNG,” Srivastava stated.
Apart from, there was an enlargement of the community of CNG filling retailers throughout the nation over time thereby making the gasoline possibility accessible to extra automobile homeowners.
“Now, we now have virtually 3,400 (CNG retailers) now protecting about 260 cities as in opposition to simply a few years again, when it was about 1,500 protecting solely 150 cities,” he stated.
The supply of manufacturing facility fitted CNG choices has additionally helped in accelerating the demand for such automobiles by addressing the sooner apprehensions that clients had concerning efficiency, upkeep and security.
Commenting on the corporate’s plans for launching EV, he stated as had been introduced earlier it will likely be by 2025 however didn’t share particulars.
With the challenges of providing reasonably priced EVs, charging infrastructure and addressing vary anxiousness points nonetheless there on the best way to mass adoption of electrical mobility in India, Srivastava stated MSIL is retaining a detailed watch.
“I believe this (EV) is a really new factor taking place in our nation, it’s actually evolving. So we’re watching the state of affairs very carefully and looking for out what’s the easiest way of evolution in that path,” he stated, including as a way to have a sustainable EV enterprise mannequin, he stated there have to be excessive volumes for which the automobile must be fairly priced as India is a really value delicate market.
On Wednesday, MSIL Chairman RC Bhargava had acknowledged that the corporate wish to promote round 10,000 items a month at any time when it enters the electrical mobility house.

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