How Many Vehicles Use LPG?
Nov 01 2018 Read 502 Times
Our series this month is all about the fuel alternative liquified petroleum gas (LPG). So far, we’ve discovered how the gas is cheaper, better for the environment and can prolong the life of your vehicle. Still, however, less than 1% of British road users are fuelling their vehicles with LPG.
So, with all the impressive and seemingly unquestionable benefits, why is it not more widely used?
Lack of government incentives
One of the main reasons that LPG isn’t widely used in the UK is the lack of incentives from the government. Despite LPG vehicles releasing 20% less carbon emissions, they can only save up to £10 a year on road tax, with the latest legislation.
Also, with so few LPG fuelled vehicles on the roads, service stations are reluctant to offer the fuel alternative. This, in turn, reduces the number of motorists converting to LPG, as they may struggle to find suppliers. That said, things are improving, with over 1,400 LPG fuelling stations across the UK at present.
A lack of awareness
Many of us simply don’t understand the advantages of converting to LPG. The alternative fuel source is relatively unknown, with little being said about it. Without incentives, similar to those for electric car drivers, motorists just aren’t hearing about LPG.
There’s also a huge uncertainty surrounding the price of LPG. With no guarantees from the UK government that prices won’t go through the roof with an increased demand for the fuel, many are reluctant to take the plunge.
Hefty set up cost
The cost to covert a vehicle to LPG can be rather large too. With average installation costs of £1,500-2,500, that alone is enough to deter some car owners. Especially with the uncertainty about future LPG costs, many aren’t prepared to take the risk. The installation also takes a few days, meaning you’ll be off the road for 3-4 days, which is a huge put-off for those reliant on transport for work.
Converting to LPG
Despite the initial unattractive aspects of installing an LPG system, the benefits far outweigh any negatives. If you can afford the initial set-up cost, you’ll be rewarded endlessly by savings on fuel.
Even without clear government incentives, an LPG car does wonders for our environment. Fuelling your vehicle with the gas can put your mind at ease, knowing that you’re reducing your carbon footprint each time you get in the car.
Want to find out more? Our next post provides a brief summary of all things LPG, while the article, Determination of Water in LPG, delves deeper into the production of the fuel.
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