Abbreviation for “liquefied petroleum gas”, LPG, or LPG internationally, has met with very little success in France. The fault is a lack of lobbying from the authorities to promote this fuel, but also several misconceptions that are tough…
Cars running on LPG are rolling bombs: FALSE.
The images of spectacular fires of cars converted to LPG are frequent and are still doing the rounds on social media. It is true that in the last century, accidents were frequent. Safety has been greatly increased since 2001 thanks in particular to the introduction of a safety valve and other devices such as a solenoid valve cutting off the supply circuit when the engine is switched off.
There is little LPG in service stations: FALSE.
1,650 pumps offer LPG in France, i.e. at more than 10% of service stations in operation. There is a station offering LPG every 60 kilometres. Knowing that the average autonomy of a car equipped with this type of fuel is around 400 kilometres, this leaves a margin.
Converting a car to LPG is expensive: FALSE.
A conversion to LPG can be installed on almost all cars with a gasoline engine, provided they are properly maintained. The cost of processing. is between €1,500 and €3,500 depending on the model and the engine capacity of the vehicle. However, care must be taken that the cost is not too high in relation to the age and value of the car.
Reselling a car using LPG is complicated: FALSE.
Classified as clean cars by their thumbnail Crit’Air1, eligible for the conversion bonus and with fuel at a very advantageous price at the pump, LPG vehicles have serious arguments for resale. This is currently the best compromise between economy and ecology.
LPG cars consume less than petrol cars: FALSE.
It is necessary to count, in fact, a consumption 20% higher than a petrol car. Nevertheless, LPG makes up for it with an average price at the pump half that of 95. On average, the user would save 27% on fuel per year!
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