Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced that it has sold 1,57,954 S-CNG vehicles in the financial year 2020-21. This is the highest ever sale of S-CNG cars by the company in a financial year. Looking at the journey of the company’s CNG cars in the last few years, Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 73,907 units during the financial year 2016-17. There was a slight increase in the number in the next financial year (FY2017-18), during which the Indian carmaker had sold 74,597 units of CNG car.
There was a big increase during 2018-19
During the financial year 2018-19, the company’s sales grew significantly and it crossed the one lakh mark. The sale stood at 1,04,895 units and the company sold 1,06,444 CNG cars during the financial year 2019-20.
Maruti Suzuki currently offers a large range of CNG vehicles, including the Alto, Celerio, Wagon-R, S-Presso, Eeco, Ertiga, Tour S and Super Carry.
Maruti Suzuki said that its S-CNG range of vehicles is in line with the Indian government’s vision to reduce oil imports. The government aims to increase the share of natural gas in India’s energy basket from the present 6.2 per cent to 15 per cent by the year 2030. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is working on the expansion of CNG stations across India. Despite the total lockdown in the initial months of FY 2020-21, 700 stations have been added in the last year alone, which is a growth of over 50 per cent. Currently, there are over 2,800 CNG stations across India and the number is expected to cross the 10,000 mark in the next seven to eight years.
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