Sector: LPG

Autogas sales soar in India

While it may be more precise to speak of LPG as motor fuel than autogas, since in India it's commonly used for two- and three-wheelers, one thing is beyond question: sales of the fuel are going nowhere but up in the world's second most populated country.

According to a comprehensive report compiled by the Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC), sales of autogas rose by 16% in the last quarter of 2016. While this is good news in its own right, it shouldn't be regarded runaway success unless sales keep increasing or at least don't dwindle. Especially that autogas has a role to play in terms of improving air quality.

Autogas is a low-hanging fruit and government must make use of this to make a tangible effect on air quality almost immediately. Most other cleaner fuels are still at a drawing board stage. Autogas now costs about 50% of the price of petrol, making it even cheaper than diesel.

Suyash Gupta, IAC's General Director

With effects of global warming so apparent now, moving to cleaner fuels is not a choice anymore. Autogas is clean, efficient, easy to handle and offers significant economic benefits.

Rajiv Chohan, Vice President of IAC

There are currently 1100 stations retailing autogas across India, located in 500 cities. More than half of them are owned by state companies, such as Indian Oil, HPCL and BPCL, while the remaining ones belong to private operators. The state boasting the highest level of autogas saturation is Uttar Pradesh, but given LPG's specifics, the fuel is poised to conquer the entire country quickly and easily, gradually pushing diesel and petrol out of the market. Let's keep our fingers crossed!


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Robert Markowski
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