The worlds largest vehicle market belongs to India. There has been a major increase in the number of cars working on compressed gas in the last couple of years. The country is in the top three in terms of their absolute number. According to the “Transforming Mobility Through Natural Gas” report, in 2019 the number of cars on gas-powered fuel is 3.3 million, and by 2030 it is expected to be 33 million..
The share of natural gas transport in the vehicle fleet is 6%. On 1 August 2020 approximately 2,290 CNG filling stations were registered in India and the total consumption of CNG in 2020 was over 4.5 billion m3.
The first step in the use and distribution of compressed natural gas in India was the launch in the early 1990s of the “CNG Programme” initiative. It’s main goal was to convert public transportation to natural gas.
- the programme has banned the use of buses for more than 8 years since 2000, with the exception of those working on CNG
- transformation of all buses to methane and other “clean” fuels
- financial incentives to spread GNC in the taxi segment
- increased vehicle maintenance and inspection requirements
Subsequent state support measures included:
- tax exemptions for the sale of gas balloon equipment kits
- a preferential customs duty for transporting conversion kits
- allocation of sites for the construction of gas supply stations and priority pipelines
- ban on the registration of old cars in Delhi.