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The European LPG Association and the World LPG Association launch today the 2017 edition of a report on “Autogas Incentive Policies”.

Worldwide sales of Autogas – the most common alternative to conventional fuels for passenger vehicles – have been growing quickly in some countries, thanks to government policies to encourage its use on account of its inherent environmental, practical and cost advantages over traditional fuels. But in some countries, Autogas market development has been held back by ineffective or poorly-designed policies, such as perverse tax rates and regulations that fail to account fully for the social and environmental benefits of switching to Autogas.

This report – the most detailed study of Autogas markets and policies ever prepared – seeks to explain why governments encourage switching to Autogas and how they go about doing so based on an in-depth survey of 23 of the world’s largest Autogas markets. It assesses what types of policies are most effective and why.

The key findings from this analysis are:

  • Autogas markets grow only when the pump price in per-litre terms is well below that of both gasoline and diesel.

  • Ensuring a favourable price for Autogas calls for a much lower rate of tax relative to conventional automotive fuels.

  • Policy stability and a strong, long-term commitment by the government to achieving environmental-policy objectives are also of crucial importance to efforts to promote the development of the market for Autogas and other alternative fuels.

     

Trevor Morgan from Menecon Consulting, who prepared the report, added “policies to phase-out highly polluting diesel cars are going to be very important to prospects for Autogas”.

There are now 26.8 million Autogas vehicles in use around the world, with the biggest markets being Korea, Turkey, Russia, Poland and Italy.

 

The full report can be downloaded here.

 

1-   What is the difference between LPG and Natural Gas?

LPG is a liquid gas petroleum-derived (actually it is a gas mixture which includes mainly propane and butane) contents into appropriate pressure vessels (a ca 6-8 bar).

Natural Gas (or CNG, compressed natural gas) on the other hand, it is a natural gas that is contained in specific high-pressure containers, the cylinders (a ca 200 bar).



Bigas will be exhibiting at Alt Fuels Mexico in Mexico City


The ambassadors of CNG, Ventura and Guerrini, of the Ecomotori Cavagna-Bigas Team, conquered the Italian Alternative Energy Championship 2015!
Two wins and a second place. It ends with the conquest of the 4th consecutive Italian title of the Alternative Energy Championship 2015.

Last November the Cavagna Group finalized the acquisition of 100% of Bigas, a company specialized in the production of fuel system technologies (reducers, injectors, control units) for engines powered by LPG and CNG. The Cavagna Group had already held 45% of the Florence-based company’s shares

 

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