LPG – Let Petrol Go

By Kevin | 18th November 2012 | Category: Green Motoring | Leave a comment

AUTOGAS ‘DUTY’ BOUND TO HIGHLIGHT CHEAPER MOTORING

With a lot of news and rumours about whether or not fuel duty is going to be increased, it may be time to perhaps look at autogas LPG. And with that in mind, Autogas Limited is highlighting the affordability of their product.

Paul Oxford, business development manager, Autogas Limited, said: “The bid to delay the proposed fuel duty increase has just been defeated but it’s not all bad news because hard-hit motorists could actually save a small fortune on their car fuel bills for the long-term just by converting to LPG.”

For those people blind to alternatives to petrol and diesel, the price of LPG at an average of 76.4p per litre is nearly half that of unleaded or diesel, meaning that savings that can be made are pretty remarkable. “12,000 miles a year with an average fuel consumption of 40 mpg can enjoy annual fuel savings of around £600 against petrol when using LPG.”

Impressed? So you should be. Both MoneySupermarket.com, a leading price comparison website, and consumer organisation Which? highlighted the fact that rising fuel prices are the number one consumer worry. Which? actually reported that 39% of people would cut back on their motoring costs if they could with 10% admitting that they had raided savings to cover motoring costs.

Paul Oxford continued to push the benefits of LPG: “The economic squeeze and high fuel prices are changing how people behave towards their cars. However, the simple truth is that cheap motoring really still is possible. Typically LPG users enjoy annual savings of up to 40 per cent in their fuel costs, which puts the 3p fuel duty debate into perspective.”

Changing to LPG doesn’t mean that you’ll be going out on a limb – just joining one of the estimated 23,000,000 vehicle drivers estimated worldwide by 2020 and 7,000,000 current.

It is quite easy to convert a car to LPG, obviously by a professional, and it does result in a bi-fuel car that can run on either LPG or petrol. What happens is that a 2nd fuel system is added to the car, with the tank usually fitted in the spare wheel well, but sometimes underneath the car. Liquid LPG is pumped by the litre into the tank. It becomes a gas just before entering the combustion cylinder.

LPG is already available with more than 1,400 LPG refuelling stations across the UK.

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