Volkswagen is considering CNG as an alternative fuel for the near future before mobility technology eventually transitions to electric.
If there is a stable policy framework from the government in terms of identifying CNG as one of the solutions to the rising pollution crisis, the German carmaker, which already has a considerable presence in Europe in terms of CNG vehicles, will consider bringing these to India.If the government pitches for adoption of CNG in terms of setting up fuel stations across the country, increase the import of the fuel to the country, and buy more CNG vehicles for its fleets, it will make a business case for Volkswagen to invest in the technology in India.Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will introduce CNG as an option on all its small cars as the company plans to stop making diesel vehicles after April 2020 when the BS-VI norms kick in.
In the mid-term, Volkswagen will focus on petrol-powered SUVs for the Indian market, the executive said. “Our future lies in petrol”.
At present, over 60% of the company’s sales in the country are of petrol-powered vehicles. The future of diesel-powered vehicles in India for the company is uncertain and Knapp was non-committal on whether it will upgrade its diesel engines for the BS-VI emission norms.