Lack of LPG cars criticised

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A leading liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplier has condemned the lack of availability of new models in the UK.

A leading liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplier has condemned the lack of availability of new models in the UK.


Autogas Ltd have criticised the fact that no LPG cars can be bought from dealerships in Britain whilst 20 companies offer the vehicles on mainland Europe.


Cars converted to run on LPG can save motorists and car insurance policy holders vast sums in fuel costs, with the eco-friendly petrol costing around half the price of diesel.


Linda Gomersall, general manager of Autogas Ltd, has explained the inequality of the situation to the Press Association, saying, "Millions of drivers on the continent are able to take advantage of the lower price of LPG as they have the opportunity to buy an LPG bi-fuel car directly from the showroom.


"Sadly though, hard pressed families and businesses in the UK simply don't have that choice as manufacturers continue to overlook them, offering just petrol, diesel or electric models. By offering these vehicles here, drivers would be able to benefit from reduced running costs, the impact to the environment would be reduced and manufacturers could sell more cars. It really is a win-win situation."


Currently 160,000 cars in the UK have been converted to run on LPG, with the vehicles still able to fill up on standard unleaded petrol when the alternative fuel is not available. Despite slightly reduced fuel efficiency, a survey by Autogas Ltd found that 97 per cent of users would buy a LPG car again in the future.


LPG, which is a mixture of propane and butane, can currently be used by three per cent of cars around the world.

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