Supplier of LPG Gas and Autogas in Malta

Autogas has an important role to play in fulfilling and arriving to the objectives set by the EU on decarbonisation and air quality within the existing vehicle fleet. Why? One does not need to immediately invest in a new car in a time when finances might not permit them to, however, they can simply invest a small amount of money and convert their current vehicle to Autogas. This action would then significantly reduce the NOx and particle emissions that they would otherwise be producing through their vehicle petrol and diesel consumption.

 

The picture in Europe…are we there yet?

According Acea’s report on Vehicles in Use Europe 2022, by the end of 2020, there were more than 405 million vehicles on European roads. While there has been a substantial shift to hybrid vehicles and vehicles that run on Autogas, the majority of these vehicles in circulation still use oil as fuel, and therefore continue to create societal and environmental challenges within the continent. Through its Vision for Autogas document, Liquidgas Europe said that:

  • Road transport is responsible for almost a quarter of the EU’s GHG emissions, and it has been confirmed as the only sector where emissions kept growing in the last decade.
  • NOx and particulate matter (PM) emitted by road vehicles has surged as one of the most critical issues. Air pollution is found to be responsible for over 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year, something that should put air quality laws on top of any country’s air quality agenda.
  • In the meantime, according to Acea, while there has been an increase in sales of alternatively-powered passenger cars, they only make up 5.3% of the total EU car fleet. Battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids account for just 0.5% and 0.6%, of the fleet respectively, while only 1.2% of all cars on EU roads are hybrid electric.

 

What is this thing called Autogas?

Autogas is the EU’s most popular alternative road transport fuel, also known as LPG or propane. Liquified Petroleum Gas is a by product from natural gas or oil production and is transported as liquid while sporting all the benefits of a gas. Autogas is suitable for any type of vehicle, particularly cars, vans, trucks and buses. One can either purchase a car that comes with an LPG ready tank or alternatively they can choose to convert their current car to LPG.

When compared to Diesel, on average, Autogas emits almost no polluting particles and up to 20% less CO2 than petrol, measured under real driving conditions, according to Liquidgas Europe, the European LPG Association. Due to this, there are now over 31,000 refuelling stations around the EU that cater for Autogas drivers and it is also being used in combination with an electric motor when it comes to hybrid cars.

 

The majority of petrol vehicles can easily be converted to Autogas!

It is safe to say that most petrol vehicles can be converted to Autogas easily and safely. The cost for the conversion is generelly between €800 and €2000, depending on the vehicle and without the grants available from the government. However, one will then save on the long-term costs of fuel given that Autogas is around 50% cheaper than petrol and 45% cheaper than diesel. The Maltese government is supporting all those ready and willing to make the switch with grants starting from €400 for petrol vehicles, and €900 for diesel vehicle conversions.

 

A brighter future for our environment when switching to Autogas

When cars switch to Autogas, they’re directly supporting the global mission of a brighter future for our environment. According to a study run by Liquidgas Europe, if the right policies are actioned by EU countries, the total fleet of Autogas vehicles could reach a peak market share of 10.7% in 2040. This means that switching to LPG can both support EU countries address the EU’s longterm environmental strategy, but it can also impact directly the emissions being produced by the current car fleet.

Autogas is being used more and more as the go-to fuel in combination with electric motors used in hybrid cars, offerring users the best of both worlds. It is important to note that LPG actually complements the expense in relation to electromobility. Additionally, LPG has the capacity to support air quality and mitigation strategies in the short to medium-term, while electric vehicle uptake is still low, and awareness is still being raised about the related environmental benefits.

According to Liquidgas Europe, the environmental and societal benefits of switching to LPG are equal €18.7 billion in 2050.

This is your call to take a leap for a brighter future.

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