The discussion on fuel prices these days is finding its way onto news panel discussions and dinner tables at home alike. Never had anyone paid over Rs 100 for regular petrol in India until the scenario changed not too long ago. If you’re a 90s kid, you’ll remember your parents filling up the car with petrol that retailed at Rs 30 a litre. But let’s not go so far into the history books, let’s just look at one year ago. In a span of one year, there has been a 44.5 percent increase in the monthly cost of fuel in a small petrol car, a 34 percent increase in fuel cost for a diesel car and a 14.3 percent increase in the monthly fuel cost of a CNG car.
The data we’ve calculated is based on a 50 km daily commute in a Hyundai Grand i10 Nios which claims an ARAI approved fuel efficiency of 21 kpl in its 1.2-litre petrol version, 25 kpl in diesel and 18.9 km/kg in its CNG version.
Fuel prices today:
Petrol – Rs 103.97 per litre in Delhi
Diesel – Rs 86.67 per litre in Delhi
CNG – Rs 47.48 per kg in Delhi
Monthly fuel cost for Hyundai Grand i10 Nios petrol/diesel/CNG for a daily commute of 50 km on today’s fuel prices:
Petrol manual – Rs 6,190 per month (50 km a day at Rs 104 per litre)
Diesel manual – Rs 4,350 per month (50 km a day at Rs 87 per litre)
CNG manual – Rs 3,174 per month (50 km a day at Rs 48 per kg)
Fuel prices in Delhi as on 1st March 2020:
Petrol – Rs 72.01 per litre
Diesel – Rs 64.7 per litre
CNG price in Delhi as on 4th April – Rs 42 per kg
Monthly fuel cost for Hyundai Grand i10 Nios petrol/diesel/CNG for a daily commute of 50 km on fuel prices from March-April 2020:
Petrol manual – Rs 4,285 per month (50 km a day at Rs 72 per litre)
Diesel manual – Rs 3,250 per month (50 km a day at Rs 65 per litre)
CNG manual – Rs 2,777 per month (50 km a day at Rs 42 per kg)
Fuel prices are also a reason why the sale of CNG cars has caught on tremendously in India. According to news reports, in the period from April to September alone, there was a 97 percent increase in CNG car sales in the country.
There are currently 11 CNG models on sale in the country, of which Maruti Suzuki dominates with a market share of 81 percent.
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