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||LPG and its Benefits
LPG is a greener, cleaner, and cheaper fuel available in the UK today.
LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LPG autogas in the UK is Propane. LPG is also available as Butane.
LPG autogas is by far the most widely available alternative fuel
in the UK.
There are over 1300 public access vehicle refuelling sites in the
UK in addition to which many businesses have their own "bunkered"
Research and testing conducted by Dutch research institute TNO concluded
that the safety of modern autogas vehicles is in fact better than for petrol
Converting your car can increase the power and performance - click
here for article from Practical Performance Car (Pdf file - 5mb)
LPG autogas is well established worldwide as an environmentally friendly
transport fuel in use in over 12 million vehicles.
There are over 7 million in Europe and in the UK the market has developed
over the last 10 years to around 150,000 LPG vehicles on our roads.
The UK market is predominantly cars and light commercial vehicles
up to 3.5 tonnes. Most petrol driven vehicles can be converted to run on
Around 60% of the world supply of LPG comes from the separation of
natural gas products, and 40% is a by-product from the refining of crude
The UK produces around 5.8 million tonnes of which over 2.5 million
tonnes is exported. Increased use of LPG autogas will reduce our reliance
on imported petrol and diesel.
In addition to being an automotive fuel, LPG is widely used as an
off mains gas fuel and is also available in bottles or cylinders. It is
used in domestic, commercial and agricultural situations and for leisure
heating and cooking.
Greener and Cleaner
Compared with petrol and diesel, LPG is the best environmental alternative
LPG is a low carbon content fuel that can reduce your carbon footprint
LPG produces fewer harmful emissions that impact on local air quality
Engine noise is low
Less damage to soil and water in case of spills - LPG will quickly
evaporate in the event of a fuel spill. Unlike petrol and diesel, there
is no risk of ground or water contamination
Savings of up to 50% compared with petrol and over 20% compared with
diesel on fuel costs
Cheaper road tax for some vehicles
Discounts on London Congestion Charges
Discounts on some car parking schemes
See how much money and CO2 emissions you can save by converting your
vehicle to LPG autogas - click
Reduce your carbon footprint by running on LPG.
Independent Pan-European tests were undertaken in 2003 which demonstrated
the following results:
Petrol CO2 is 20.3% more than LPG
Diesel CO2 is 1.8% more than LPG
The 2005 report by CONCAWE found a small CO2 advantage of LPG over diesel
increasing to 10% by 2010 as a result of the worsening CO2 emissions of
diesels as those engines struggle to meet Euro V emission standards.
For more detailed information click
Air quality, particularly in urban areas, is a continuing issue for the
nation's health. Department of Health statistics show that particulates
are responsible for thousands of advanced deaths and thousands of instances
of illness; also NOx emissions are a major element of low-level ozone, which
causes smog and can worsen existing asthma conditions click
here for information on air quality.
Extensive independent tests showed that:
One diesel vehicle emits 120 times the amount of fine particles as
the equivalent LPG vehicle
It takes 20 LPG vehicles to emit the same amount of NOx as one diesel
The implementation of "Euro" emission limits is bringing about
an improvement in the NOx and particulate emissions of new vehicles but
this is only to a limited extent compared with LPG. Even Euro VI diesel
vehicles will have many times more NOx emissions than those running on LPG.
For more detailed information click
LPG vehicle users can save around 40% on fuel costs compared with petrol,
and over 20% compared with the equivalent diesel. A typical example of a
popular car is the 2005 Vauxhall Vectra for which the figures are:
* Source - Vehicle Certification Agency imperial combined mpg
per 1000 miles
5 speed saloon
||£2.64 per gal
58.1p per litre
6 speed saloon
||£5.95 per gal
131.0p per litre
5 speed saloon
||£5.34 per gal
117.5 p per litre
**Source- Fleet News - 19/6/2008
Another way of looking at the massive savings by running on LPG autogas
is by comparing the number of miles travelled for £10 for each fuel.
The figures for the above example show:
The low price of LPG autogas is a result of the low level of fuel duty applied
by the government. This government support is in recognition of LPG's environmental
In the 2010 Budget, Chancellor Alistair Darling signalled extended support
for the LPG autogas industry.
Fuel duty on petrol and diesel will go up by 2.76p per litre in the current
year whilst the duty on LPG will go up by only 2.685p per litre.
As regards the differential in duty we have with petrol and diesel, the
government headline commitment is that this differential would not decrease
by more than 1p per litre per year. However, rather than seeing this decrease,
we are seeing the differential increase to our advantage:
- Year beginning 1/4/2009 -
Petrol / diesel increase 3.84p whereas LPG increase only 3.45p
- Year beginning 1/4/2010 -
Petrol / diesel increase 2.76p whereas LPG increase only 2.685p
This means that the differential will be at its highest ever amount at 42.43p
in January 2011
The Chancellor also announced all fuel duty would rise by 1p per litre in
real terms in April 2014, ensuring the 5 year commitment on fuel duty is
Fuel duty increases in the coming year are being phased in as follows:
With effect from 1/4/2010 -
Fuel duty on petrol will go up 1p per litre to 57.19 p
Fuel duty on LPG will go up 1.43p per litre to 15.265p
With effect from 1/10/2010 -
Fuel duty on petrol will go up 1p per litre to 58.19 p
Fuel duty on LPG will go up 0.71p per litre to 15.975p
With effect from 1/1/2011 -
Fuel duty on petrol will go up 0.76p per litre to 58.95p
Fuel duty on LPG will go up 0.545p per litre to 16.52p
Mike Chapman, Autogas Manager of UKLPG said "This is really good news
for motorists thinking of converting to LPG, as motorists are assured of
savings for 5 years, it makes a worthwhile investment, even in these difficult
For cars registered after 1st March 2001, car road tax, (Vehicle Excise
Duty), is charged according to a vehicle's carbon dioxide and fuel type.
CO2 figures are submitted by the vehicle manufacturer and recorded on the
vehicle logbook. No changes after registration are permitted even if the
car is subsequently converted to run on LPG.
However, for those cars registered after 2001and converted to run on LPG,
owners who submit the appropriate documentation (e.g. LPGA LPG Conversion
Certificate - click here for details to the DVLA can request that the taxation
class is changed to 'Alternative Fuel Car' and will then be eligible for
a standard reduction on VED.
Have a look at the DVLA website www.direct.gov.uk
for more information on how vehicles are banded according to their emissions,
and the VED rates applied.
London Congestion Charges
Transport for London provides an Alternative Fuel Discount (100%) for certain
vehicles including some LPG conversions. If you enter the zone most days,
this move could save you up to £1600 per annum.
To be eligible, a vehicle and the specific conversion (make of conversion
equipment) must have undergone government approved tests to demonstrate
that the emissions are 40% below Euro IV levels. Such vehicles are then
eligible to be included on the Energy Saving Trust "Powershift Register".
The Register also includes the installers who are approved to fit that specific
To see if your LPG vehicle, with the specific conversion, is on the current
Powershift Register click
here . To check if your vehicle may have been on previous registers
and thus still eligible, contact the Register Administrator, Energy Savings
Trust on 020 7222 0101 - email: email@example.com.
If your car makes the grade, you need to register with Transport for London,
www.tfl.gov.uk and pay
an annual £10 fee to receive the discount.
Car Parking Discounts
A number of Councils in the UK operate incentive schemes for LPG vehicles
using city centre car parks or residents' parking. These include:
East Sussex County Council
Hart District Council
Green Badge Scheme
London Borough of Barnet
Carmarthenshire County Council
Westminster City Council
London Borough of Richmond
LPG autogas helps fleets go green, click
To see an independent case study, click
To see what Fleet News had to say February 2009 click
on this link
LPG is seen as a bridge to the future of the hydrogen economy but industry
commentators suggest that whilst the technology of using hydrogen as a transport
fuel is progressing rapidly, it will be at least 15 to 20 years before it
is an economically viable option and achieve reduction in carbon emissions
which can only be achieved if the source of hydrogen is from renewables
rather than generated from fossil fuels as it is at present.
Meanwhile LPG is here now with by far the largest re-fuelling infrastructure
of any of the alternative fuels - there are around 1400 public re-fuelling
sites and in addition many business have there own bunkered facilities which
also reduces the cost of the fuel.
LPG vehicles continue to offer a viable economic alternative to petrol and
diesel with added environmental benefits - especially in urban areas.
Maximising Fuel Cost Savings
Our published fuel cost savings assume 100% use of LPG, and whilst many
fleets achieve this, driver training/management may be required to ensure
the full benefit can be achieved. These include:
Back to base operations have their own filling facility to ensure
that drivers always leave with a full tank of LPG
Fleet managers can negotiate significant savings on the pump prices
with their own bunkered facility.
Ensuring drivers have up to date maps of the refuelling sites available
including the use of Sat Nav downloads of LPG stations.
Monitoring and/or restricting the amount of petrol used.
Reliability of LPG vehicles
There have been significant developments in this area and whilst some vehicles
converted in the past have demonstrated running problems, the technology
has moved on and fleet managers have confirmed to us that vehicles supplied
over the last two years have had an excellent reliability record.
Servicing LPG vehicles
Aftermarket dealer networks are in place to deal with servicing vehicles
for the fleets and to provide training to fleet operators to service their
Residual Values and Whole Life Costs
Auction houses such as BCA confirm premiums of up to 15% for lpg vehicles
especially in the South East for those vehicles which are eligible for the
100% discount on London Congestion Charge.
However, as Lloyds TSB Autolease point out, for high mileage users it is
more important to take into account whole life costs which favour LPG over
petrol and diesel vehicles.
Leasing and contract hire is available on a wide range of LPG vehicles from
the major companies such as Lex Leasing and Lloyds TSB Autolease.