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Nitrogen to replace air in vehicle tyres?

The practice of filling air in vehicle tyres could soon be a thing of past as the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has introduced a free nitrogen filling service at its ROs for motorists who purchase fuel worth Rs 1,000 or above.

Traditionally air is used in all vehicle tyres, but the trend of filling Nitrogen is gradually catching up across the country as it helps maintain consistent tyre pressure, prevents rust formation on rims and stops overheating of tyres. The dry and clean gas also gives excellent driving comfort.

Subhajit Gosh Chief Manager Retail Sales IOCL Karnataka State Office Bangalore inaugurates the Nitrogen Facility in the city yesterday


And to cash in on the trend, the IOCL has introduced a free nitrogen facility at its 45 ROs, located in six districts in the Bangalore divisional office area.

According to IOCL officials, aircraft tyres are filled with Nitrogen due several advantages of the gas for years.

Inaugurating the 45th free Nitrogen facility at COCO, BTM Layout, IOCL RO in the city, officials pointed out that if air is filled into tyres, a periodic tyre pressure check needs to be done once in 15 to 20 days. And if Nitrogen is filled, there is no need to check tyre pressure for a minimum period of four months.

Availability in city
Nitrogen is available in a few private centers, but they charge around Rs 25 per tyre for the initial filling and it comes with a subsequent topping of Rs 10 for all the 5 tyres.

However, IOCL ROs have now introduced this facility for free for customers who fill fuel worth Rs 1,000 and above.

This free Nitrogen facility is available at 45 IOCL ROs located at six districts of Bangalore divisional office area.
In Bangalore, the facility is available at 26 IOCL ROs located at Koramangala, KR Puram, JP Nagar, Jayanagar, Bannerghatta Road, Raja Ram Mohan Rai Road, Indiranagar, Silk board Junction, BTM layout, Kanakapura Road, HSR Layout and St Marks Road.

The organisation further plans to provide the same facility at 25 more IOCL Roc located across Bangalore and other districts.

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