Honduras enters the LPG autogas path
Through the years people have learnt about the safety and efficiency of the system. We provide an Italian direct injection system under Lovato brand. Our main customers are taxi drivers, who have a full subsidy from the government.
Hector Enamorado, managing director of the Tropigas Honduras’ LPG project
Even without subsidies, autogas systems in Honduras are relatively inexpensive – converting a car with a four-cylinder engine costs 1000 dollars, while one with a six-cylinder unit sets drivers back 1300 dollars. Currently available autogas tanks have a capacity of 17 gallons (approx. 64 l).
Conversions pay off quickly since switching from petrol to LPG cuts fuel bills by as much as 70 percent. And while installers report they primarily work on taxis, the idea of replacing the conventional fuel with the alternative one is growing on individual drivers, too – approx. 100 of them had autogas systems fitted on their cars in 2015.
While that's not many, it's something for a start. We're convinced LPG will eventually catch on big time in Honduras. Why? Because it did in so many other countries before and we see no reason why it should be any different in this particular case. We'll share updates with you as they come.
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