Honda Activa CNG detailed review
One of the most affordable means of transportation today is a scooter. There are some buyers who ride their scooters a lot and need a more affordable option. For them, there are CNGscooter kits for two wheelers, more specifically scooters. We have test riden the Honda Activa CNG very recently. This came with a Lovato CNG kit for scooter. It isn’t just restricted to the Activa but it is made available for any and all kinds of scooters. The list of scooters is very long.
Lovato isn’t the only manufacturer that has a CNG scooter and there are a few more players that offer CNG kits for scooter, and many of them. There aren’t available as a factory fitted option and are made available as an after market option. It is available in the market and the dealer will do the fitting for you on your Activa or any other scooter that you possess.
The Honda Activa CNG that we rode was borrowed from Lovato. The company offered us one of their test scooters. We will try to review other CNG kits also that are available in the market. For that we will require some more time.
Honda Activa CNG Design
There is no change in the design of the scooter and it looks the same. As this was a scooter from the brand, they had stuck multiple branding of it. The green colour you see in the images is that of the scooter but it is all stickering job from Lovato. For a regular buyer, it will not be done. Your original scooter colour will be retained. The Activa CNG will at the most get a CNG badge, if you wish to add that. There shall be no other difference in the Honda Activa CNG scooter.
The Honda Activa that we rode was borrowed from Lovato. The scooter has everything intact at the same place. The under seat storage is now smaller as the CNG kit meters are placed under the seat. The CNG kits are placed underneath the handlebar. There are two small tanks that are fitted there. Each one houses 1 kilo of CNG in it. That totals to 2 kilograms of CNG. Each kilo will go up to 60 kilometres. This makes the total range to 120 kilometres.
Honda Activa CNG Video Review
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Honda Activa CNG Scooter Price in India
CNG Kit for Two Wheelers
As CNG is more affordable, the running cost of the Activa CNG scooter will be lower. The CNGActiva‘s price hasn’t been disclosed yet. These will be made by an Iranian CNG kitmanufacturer in Pune. This will be approved by the ARAI. At the moment, it is a bit too early to state the exact price of the kit. In the next 15 days, we shall be sharing the official Activa CNG kit pricing. This kit is sold by Lovato and it is priced at INR 15,000. Both the brands are selling their scooter CNG kits for Rs 15,000 approximately.
The CNG kits are approved by the government, as they have been certified by ARAI (Automotive Reseach Authority of India). The kit consists of two cylinders that can each have 1 kg of CNG in it. The total range of the CNG scooter kit for Activa is 120 kms.
The Honda Activa CNG is exactly like the regular Activa. The scooter showcased in the images is green and white, however in reality there won’t be any differences in the design. The Activa 3G will be made available in the same colours and design. The features too will remain the same. All you have to do is get an aftermarket fitment done. The space for your knees reduces as the tanks are fitted there.
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Honda Activa CNG Performance
There is a difference in the performance. The CNG scooter isn’t as quick as the normal Activa and so it is a bit of difficult to overtake. One can comfortably cruise but to overtake it does need planning. At the same time, the front end of the scooter becomes heavy, so to turn at low speeds and even handling is affected with the CNG kit. This makes the scooter go a tad slower and affect its handling also. Making fast turns is difficult as the scooter isn’t fast and then even if you gather speed, you will loose balance as the front is heavy with the cylinders.
Honda Activa CNG scooter Mileage
Honda Activa CNG Mileage
Activa CNG80 km/kg
The Honda Activa 3G that runs on petrol returns around 50 km/l. The running cost of petrol Activa is INR 1.3 per km in Delhi. While on Honda Activa CNG it will be 61p. the staff at Domino’s have got these scooters for their feedback and this is free of cost. The Activa will run for 120kms with the 1.2 kg tank. The running cost of the Activa CNG is much lesser as CNG is cheaper. There will be two cylinders on the scooter, each will have 0.6 kilogram capacity. This is so cheap.
Lovato CNG Kit for scooters is safe?
The testing has been fine. The ARAI has passed it and so it is getting into real world testing. All the kits that will be sold shall be approved by the ARAI itself. Honda Activa CNG is now on sale, not directly. The Honda Activa 3G can be bought through a dealer and CNG kit can be fitted on it. The Honda Activa CNG will be a great value for money scooter. It is safe enough, there is not much of an issue with the scooter and it seems to be well insulated. So there isn’t a major issue with this.
Other scooters with CNG:
Mahindra Gusto and Gusto 125
Hero Maestro Edge
TVS Scooty Zest
Honda Activa 3G
Honda Activa CNG is a good option only if you have a lot of riding to do. Else, the regular scooter is good enough for daily commute.