Honda Activa CNG Scooter (Scooty) launched in India by government

Honda Activa CNG Scooter (Scooty) launched in India by the government. The government launched the Two-Wheelers CNG Kit in Delhi, which has been doing combating a staggering air pollution threat, with the levels of pollution floating in the critical zone for most parts of the nation’s top metropolitan city.

This CNG kit is approved by an ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and has been fitted in the gearless scooter which is made by the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer (Honda Motorcycles India Ltd). Now, the government launched the 10 scooters for the Domino’s pizza boy for free of a complete run and gets their feedback after some pizza delivered. 50 more scooters have already retrofitted with the two-wheeler CNG kit.

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Honda Activa is the first two-wheeler in India, which is run from the CNG Fuel and it is very beneficial for our environment. In this CNK kit, there are two cylinders and each cylinder has 1 kg gas capacity. The estimated price of CNG Honda Activa is Rs. 65,000* and it’s not launched for the general public. The mileage of CNG Activa is approximately 120 km/liter.

The normal running cost in the petrol engine is Rs. 1.3 per km in Delhi while in CNG it could be 60-65 paisa per km. The govt. claims, this CNG scooter at a distance of 120 kilometers in 1 kg. Every person has one question -Honda Activa CNG is safe? – Yes, it is passed by an ARAI and this scooter is getting into real world testing.

Honda Activa CNG launching Date – Once the test finished, the government will discharge the list of Authorized Two-Wheeler CNG Kit Seller for Activa also will request that 2 Wheeler organizations deliver the vehicle in CNG variant as a choice too.

How Does It Ride?

Now, the standard Honda Activa 3G makes around 8bhp of power and 8Nm of torque in its petrol-only avatar. Power output has taken a beating of 5 per cent and that is evident once you twist the throttle on the CNG version. There is a slight delay in response specifically on the CNG version, but the power delivery gets linear and seamless, once the scooter picks momentum. That said, cold starts do see the vehicle struggle for power in the CNG mode and it is best advised to run it on petrol for a few kilometres before switching to the alternate fuel. Being a carbureted motor, you won’t have issues cranking the engine directly in the CNG mode.

Climbing flyovers or riding with a pillion is hardly an issue

While slow power delivery is a small compromise and can be lived with, the scooter’s handling takes a hit as well. This is largely because of the additional 14-15 kg of the CNG kit with the weight concentrated at the front. This takes away the nimbleness of the vehicle and even though the additional kilos aren’t felt once set in motion; it is in dense traffic where the light handling is missed.

Nevertheless, the marginal drop in power isn’t intrusive when climbing flyovers or gradients. Having run completely on CNG in our test, the scooter managed to pull the rider and pillion with ease. We started the test with half a tank of CNG and managed to get a fuel efficiency of nearly 50 kmpl in our test cycle. On a full tank, MGL and Lovato claim a figure of around 110 kmpl.

The CNG kit returns a fuel efficiency of 110 kmpl on a full tank

How Much Does It Cost?

MGL and Lovato say that the CNG kit equipped scooters offer a running cost of ₹ 0.60 paise per km. This includes nearly ₹ 0.48 paise per km for the fuel and ₹ 0.12 paise for maintenance. However, when you compare it to the running costs of a standard scooter that runs at ₹ 1.2 paise per km; the difference is almost half between the two. As far as maintenance costs are concerned, the company says that the CNG equipped scooters need to follow the same service intervals as its petrol derivative.

A full refill of the CNG tanks will cost under ₹ 60 in Mumbai

Coming to after-sales support, retrofitting the kit on an all-new scooter directly impacts the OEM warranty on the vehicle. You do get a dealer warranty only on the CNG kit for a year and includes three services to check for any leakage or breaks. The kit will also be recalibrated, should the need be. The cylinders themselves have a lifespan of 20 years and need to be checked every three years for possible rusting or leakages.

All said, the Lovato CNG kit will set you back by ₹ 17,000 (including taxes and RTO registration in Mumbai), over and above the scooter’s asking price. That does make the kit slightly more expensive than anticipated and one needs to factor in the return of investment, which begs us to question…

Petrol scooter or the CNG equipped one?

Should I Buy One?

The answer largely depends on which side of the fence you are on. MGL and Lovato ran pilot programs with certain corporate buyers and in all honesty, that remains the most profitable buyer for it. With delivery scooters that are prone to do exceptional numbers on the odometer, it makes business sense to install a CNG kit, which is sure to give you a profitable return on your investment.

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On the other hand, if you are a private scooter owner and use the same for almost all your travelling needs, the CNG kit is a viable option. However, if your scooter usage is largely within city limits and particularly for short sprints, sticking to the petrol option just happens to be a more viable choice here.

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