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Old 9th July 2008, 07:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore
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Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore
By Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 08 July 2008 2213 hrs


SINGAPORE: Companies selling cars fuelled by Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, are seeing a boom in sales.



Rising petrol prices and the Green Tax Rebate are driving motorists to switch.

"Just six months ago we (sold) an average of 190 cars a month, of which only 20 to 30 per cent are CNG cars. Today we (sell) about 250 cars a month, out of which 70 per cent are CNG cars," said Valerie Tan, managing director of Pinnacle Motors.

Many customers have been lured by cheaper fuel bills and the Green Tax Rebate, which gives them a 40 per cent discount off the car's Open Market Value.

One such person is Melvin Toh, whose budget has been increased when he bought a new CNG car earlier this year.

The bachelor, who drives approximately 700 kilometres a week, rarely uses the boot, so the space taken up by the CNG tank is not a problem.

However, Toh, who lives in Toa Payoh, has to drive to Mandai Link every two to three days to fill up with CNG.

There are currently two CNG stations accessible to the public on mainland Singapore - one at Jalan Buroh in Jurong and the other in Mandai Link in the north. A third is operating on Jurong Island.

"Of course it is a bit inaccessible, but I still feel that because I want to reduce my transport costs it's still worth it," said Toh.

The Automobile Association of Singapore advises motorists to take into consideration the travelling time required to the three refuelling stations in Singapore, and the ease of refuelling in order to maximise their cost and fuel savings.

The association said it receives regular enquiries from its members about the installation of CNG technology. It will be holding a CNG Conversion Workshop on July 26, but due to strong demand, a second workshop will be added.

A third CNG refuelling station will be ready in Serangoon North by February 2009.

Sembcorp Gas, which runs the Jalan Buroh station in Jurong, said demand there has exceeded expectations. And the company is looking for other suitable locations.

Despite it being more inconvenient for CNG car owners to fuel up, significant savings have been found.

To fuel a 1.5 litre car to drive 200 kilometres, it will cost about S$11.50 using CNG, based on the current pump price at Jalan Buroh, compared to S$34.20 before discount if a 95 Octane petrol is used.

With a saving of S$22.70, the real question should be how much time and effort is one truly prepared to spend to go green?

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Old 9th July 2008, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

I'm really wondering would people really switch to this?
Out of 10 friends of mine whom owns car. only 1 recently got CNG car.. -.-

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

Conversion to CNG costs $4k-$5k.
SOme prefer to give up the boot space and save more.

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

i think CNG is getting more popular nowadays is because of the sky high fuel prices. If only they had more CNG stations in SG nearer to the east, i would go for CNG cars also

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

actually when u spend the amt to convert to CNG... u have to think are u going to drive the car tat long to cover back the conversion fee and the amt u save..... else wat the pt.... u may save petrol bt fork out 4-5k to convert??

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

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actually when u spend the amt to convert to CNG... u have to think are u going to drive the car tat long to cover back the conversion fee and the amt u save..... else wat the pt.... u may save petrol bt fork out 4-5k to convert??
agree with you. but for new cars that are done up already esp those that are done in hse by manufacturer e.g. Chevy Optra CNG, the conversion cost is already offset by the OMV discount liao so it's not so bad. But i wouldn't think abt converting my existing ride.

Just read news that Smart Energy is raising CNG prices again to $1.28++

So fast want to target "Roberts" already...

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ya... for cars tat r done up by factory still quite ok... bt heard some of my friends doing car sales de say tat the selling value maybe affected..... for nw... bt nt sure in future...

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If I convert to CNG, my car warrenty is void.

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Wait for your car's warranty to expire first lor

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

I'm thinking of hybrid.

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

If you convert later, can still get the rebate?

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Re: Boom in CNG car sales seen in Singapore

the rebate is for new cars..... coversion is not entitled to the rebate....

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So pointless to do it lor

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