June 6, 2019. Tata Motors will start rolling out CNG cars in FY21, gradually reducing its dependence on diesel vehicles, which are tipped to become costlier once the BS-VI emission norms come into force. Government rules say starting April 1, 2020, all new vehicles must be fitted with BS-VI engines.

Mayank Pareek, President of Tata Motors, said the game plan was to replace diesel vehicles with CNG in whichever segments the impact was felt. “This is hitherto an unexploited area in India and we have chalked out a detailed strategy,” Pareek said, adding, “We’re making our own CNG kits and we’re expecting to fit these in almost all models in our portfolio”.

The automaker’s decision to move to CNG-powered cars comes against the backdrop of government’s resolve to set up a 10,000-strong CNG station network across the country by 2028. Pareek believes the government should be able to achieve this target. “We too need to be ready to service customers’ needs. Today, we have CNG stations in 14-16 cities but soon we could see them in say 200 cities,” Pareek said.