CNG Powertrain Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Drive Type (All Wheel, Rear Wheel, Front Wheel), By Fuel Type, By Vehicle Type)- Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Regional Outlook and Forecasts, 2022-2030

The global CNG Powertrain market size was valued at US$ 72.01 billion in 2021 and it is projected to be worth around US$ 290.12 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a CAGR 17.8% during the forecast period 2022 to 2030.

Key Takeaways:

  • By Drive Typ, the U.S. CNG Powertrain market was valued at USD 1.9 Billion in 2021 and expected to witness growth at a CAGR of 17.6% from 2022 to 2030. The segment growth is due to its advantageous features such as lightweight, better fuel economy, higher maneuverability, and cost-effectiveness over others
  •  By vehicle type, the commercial vehicle segment is expected to witness tremendous growth during the forecast period. The rising government investment to develop CNG infrastructure and various incentives offered to CNG powertrain bus and truck buyers are majorly contributing to segment growth 
  • Asia Pacific held the largest revenue share of over 65.0% in 2021. Countries such as China, India, and Thailand are being affected by the fluctuating gasoline prices, which is encouraging them to adopt affordable alternative fuels, such as CNG, which is creating demand for CNG powertrain

Growth Factors:

A growing need for an alternative transitional fuel leads toward the net-zero carbon emissions goal. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) produces lesser carbon emissions and is free from particulate matter, which is a prominent source of vehicular pollution, thus CNG is expected to become a dominant energy source over other fuels such as diesel, petrol, and LPG. Governments worldwide are taking strategic initiatives to provide tax rebates, subsidies, and other benefits to CNG vehicle purchasers, which are expected to create high demand for CNG powertrain vehicles during the forecast period.

However, government initiatives and the rise in consumers’ inclination toward less carbon-emitting vehicles have increased the demand for CNG powertrain. COVID-19 negatively impacted its market sales. Thus, the new CNG powertrain vehicle production halted, leading to sluggish sales between 2019 and 2020. For instance, Volvo Group, a prominent automobile manufacturer, has sold 661,713 cars in 2020 and faced a decline in sales by 6.2% compared to 2019. The pandemic stalled manufacturing and production activities across the world. Post-pandemic, high demand for personal fuel-efficient vehicles was observed majorly from the developing nations of the Asia Pacific region, thus fueling the market growth.

The CNG powertrain manufacturers are majorly focusing on improving the vehicle's engine efficiency. They are investing in enhancing the engine performance by working on reducing the volumetric efficiency loss, increasing the flame propagation speed, and decreasing the fuel evaporation in engines. Additionally, prominent automobile manufacturers are implementing advanced technologies in CNG vehicles.

For instance, S-CNG technology is incorporated in passenger cars to enhance fuel economy by regulating the fuel and air ratio and synchronizing between the electric control units and intelligent fuel injection system. Besides, through technology integration, there is a better calibration of the CNG system with the powertrain, suspension, and braking system, thus the S-CNG technology improves the overall efficiency of the vehicle.    

Moreover, the sales of CNG powertrain vehicles are hindered due to the limited number of fulling stations across the globe. According to the U.S Department of Energy, in 2021, about 900 CNG stations are available in the U.S., which is far less than the petrol and diesel station. Thus, to boost the sales of CNG powertrain vehicles, there is a need for the development of CNG refilling stations across various countries. 

Report Scope of the CNG Powertrain Market

Report Coverage

Details

Market Size

US$ 290.12 Billion by 2030

Growth Rate

CAGR of 17.8% from 2022 to 2030

Largest Market

Asia Pacific

Fastest Growing Market

North America

Base Year

2021

Forecast Period

2022 to 2030

Segments Covered

Drive type, fuel type, vehicle type and Region,

Companies Mentioned

 Cummins Inc.; AB Volvo; Robert Bosch GmbH; FPT Industrial S.P.A.; Ford Motor Company

 

Drive Type Insights

The front wheel drive segment dominated the overall market in 2021 and accounted for a revenue share of over 50.2%. The segment growth is attributed to the advantageous features of front wheel drive vehicles such as lightweight, better fuel economy, and vehicle weight distribution balance, which enhances the overall stability of the automobile in difficult terrains. Additionally, a front wheel drive is a cost-effective option for consumers because drivetrains require lesser maintenance, and the engine offers extra vehicle mileage; these lucrative features are contributing to the significant segment growth.

The all-wheel drive segment is estimated to expand at the highest CAGR of 18.6% over the forecast period. The all-wheel drivetrain distributes power to each corner of the car, which increases the grip capacity of the vehicle, provides better acceleration, and offers smooth handling. The superior traction forces eliminate the possibility of a vehicle slipping on icy, wet, and sloppy roads, thus making all-wheel drive CNG powertrain a widely preferred option over others.

Fuel Type Insights

The bi-fuel dominated the overall market in 2021 and accounted for a revenue share of over 80.9%. The segment growth is attributed to the higher adoption of advanced technologies such as S-CNG technology, which offers easy switching between the gasoline and CNG without affecting the engine performance. The development of fuel injection technology that allows direct injection of CNG into the existing combustion chamber has further increased the sales of bi-fuel CNG powertrain.

The mono-fuel segment is estimated to expand at a lucrative CAGR of 19.9% from 2022 to 2030. The use of CNG as a fuel offers significant advantages such as reduction of primary and tailpipe emissions. Further, the petrol and diesel prices are highly fluctuating while the cost of CNG per gallon is low, which provides relief to CNG vehicle owners. Therefore, the economic nature of CNG is expected to create high demand for a mono-fuel CNG powertrain vehicle.

Vehicle Type Insights

The passenger vehicle segment accounted for more than 75.4% share of the overall revenue in 2021. The segment growth is majorly due to the lower initial cost of the CNG powertrain vehicle over other environment-friendly substitutes such as electric powertrain vehicles. Based on vehicle type, the market is bifurcated into passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.

The commercial vehicle segment is anticipated to expand at a lucrative CAGR of 18.7% over the forecast period. There is increasing adoption of CNG-powered buses for school and public transportation to reduce environmental degradation. For instance, in March 2022, the Indian government has planned to introduce 100 CNG powertrain A.C buses to the country’s capital. These buses are environmentally friendly and are expected to reduce the vehicular pollution level of the city at large. Thus, such initiatives of the government of emerging nations will increase the penetration of CNG commercial vehicles and are anticipated to create the demand for CNG powertrain in the market. 

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2021 and accounted for over 65.5% share owing to the rapid growth in the automobile sector in countries such as China and India. Asia Pacific is undergoing numerous technological advancements, along with ever-developing CNG infrastructure. Prominent players in the region, such as Maruti Suzuki, are incorporating S-CNG technology into passenger vehicles, such as cars. The cars offered by the company are equipped with an intelligent fuel injection system and the CNG powertrain is calibrated to deliver optimum performance and improve the drivability for all terrains.

Latin America is anticipated to expand at the highest CAGR of 18.6% from 2022 to 2030. The growing per capita income of consumers based in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia has resulted in increased expenditure on automobiles. Consumers are majorly investing in buying a personal vehicle as compressed natural gas powertrain vehicles are viable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly, thus they are widely preferred in the region. Additionally, the government in Argentina is actively taking steps to increase the adoption of the CNG powertrain vehicles by launching the ‘Conectar Gas Industria’ program. Under this program, the government has planned to invest USD 517,000 to build CNG infrastructure and install a new 25 CNG station in the country.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Prominent players are adopting strategies such as expansion, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships to strengthen their market presence in various regions. Organic growth remains the key strategy for most of the market's incumbents. As such, C.N.G. powertrain manufacturers are focused on enhancing their existing product offerings and brand awareness to gain a competitive edge in the market.

In October 2021, Cummins announced a launch of the X15N engine, a 15-liter natural engine for heavy-duty trucks, which is a specially modified bi-fuel engine and can run on diesel and CNG. Additionally, the X15N engine model is incorporated with Eaton automated transmission technologies and Cummins fuel delivery system to ensure the development of a fully integrated natural gas powertrain. The Cummins manufactured engine is a vital part of the company’s strategy toward zero-emission goals as the engine will deliver excellent performance and reduce the total cost of ownership, coupled with the carbon-neutral powertrain option. Some prominent players in the global CNG powertrain market include:

  • Cummins Inc.
  • AB Volvo
  • Robert Bosch GmbH.
  • FPT Industrial S.P.A.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Maruti Suzuki India Limited
  • Volkswagen AG
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Honda Motor Company

Segments Covered in the Report

This research report offers market revenue, sales volume, production assessment and prognoses by classifying it on the basis of various aspects. Further, this research study investigates market size, production, consumption and its development trends at global, regional, and country level for the period of 2017 to 2030 and covers subsequent region in its scope:

  • By Drive Type
    • All-wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
  • By Fuel Type
    • Mono Fuel
    • Bi-fuel
  • By Vehicle Type
    • Passenger Vehicle
    • Commercial Vehicle

By Geography

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • GCC
  • North Africa
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Key Points Covered in CNG Powertrain Market Study:

  • Growth of CNG Powertrain in 2022
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2030)
  •  Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  •  Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  •  Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  •  Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  •  Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies
  •  COVID-19 Impact on Demand for CNG Powertrain and How to Navigate
  •  Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  •  CNG Powertrain Consumption Analysis
  •  CNG Powertrain Production Analysis
  •  CNG Powertrain and Management