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LPG remains a more affordable fuel than gasoline, diesel or even E85 bioethanol. These three are in fact more or less affected by the rise in oil prices. When, at the same time, LPG is doing quite well and remains below the euro per liter. A bar impossible to imagine for other fuels.
And customers are well aware of this advantage. This is evidenced by the sharp increase in sales of cars using this type of fuel in France. If the latter remain rather confidential, their number has increased significantly since the start of the year.
Thus, LPG engines representing nearly 53,000 units delivered since the start of the year. That remains little. But this is an increase of almost 40% compared to the same period last year. Which is far from trivial.
LPG is little developed in France
The fact remains that LPG is little developed in France and few vehicles benefit from it. Certain cars from the Renault group (with Dacia) are among the few to be able to use this fuel.
Hence the success of the Dacia Sandero, the Jogger and the Duster, offering this type of engine. This first one starts at “only” 14,150 euros new. Which is still 2,160 euros more than the SCe petrol version with 65 horsepower. The Renault Clio, compatible with this fuel and among the stars of the market, however remains number one in this segment.
LPG, which, according to France Gaz Liquides, allows a saving in the fuel budget of around 35% compared to gasoline and diesel, however, remains little developed in France. According to this same entity, there are in fact 1,500 LPG stations in France. That is 1 station in 7.
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To sum up
Sales of cars running on LPG have been on the rise since the start of 2023. This is up 40% year-on-year. The fact remains that the volumes are rather confidential. The fault is the lack of available cars and the lack of stations offering this fuel.
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