ABMARC conducts LPG vehicle user survey

ABMARC has conducted an exclusive LPG vehicle user and alternative fuel consideration survey for its second report in the Powertrain Series, Liquid Petroleum Gas Australia: An Automotive Perspective, which will be released on 21 February 2012.

The Liquid Petroleum Gas Australia: An Automotive Perspective report covers in depth Global Government LPG vehicle policies and compares them to Australia’s current and future position.

The survey identified that the use of LPG is important in enabling mobility to low income earners and pensioners, but is also very important for individuals, couples and families who need a larger vehicle to carry family, tow caravans or horse floats.

The Liquid Petroleum Gas Australia: An Automotive Perspective report covers in depth global government LPG vehicle policies and compares them to Australia’s current and future position.

ABMARC illustrates that whilst many environmentally progressive countries are actively supporting LPG for improved air quality, and a number of developing nations are promoting it to enable greater social mobility, Australia’s policies will increase the costs of buying, converting and operating an LPG vehicle.

Additionally, in comparison to key countries, ABMARC shows that the relative price of LPG to petrol will soon be the highest due to the phasing-in of the Government’s Alternative Fuels Excise.

For the report, ABMARC conducted a detailed LPG vehicle evaluation, with a first drive of Holden’s soon to be released LPG Commodore, and provides comparisons to the dedicated Ford Falcon EcoLPi and a dual fuel IMPCO Toyota Aurion.

Only 5 per cent of LPG vehicle owners that responded to the survey live in the inner city, with the remainder living in the outer suburbs or rural areas. 70 per cent of respondents to the LPG owners survey owned SUVs or light commercial vehicles, the majority of which had been privately converted to LPG and which are operated as dual fuel vehicles (two fuel systems, petrol and LPG).

ABMARC principle engineering consultant Natalie Roberts will be speaking at FutureGAS 2012 on the topic of gaseous fuels. For more information, visit http://futuregas.com.au/program/natalie_roberts/

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