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04.11.2017
Germany
Sector: LPG

LPG and CNG cars in demand!

The Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal is taking its toll, plus public environmental consciousness is improving, driving popularity of LPG- and CNG-powered cars in Germany. Their market share has grown considerably.
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© Meinauto.deReplacing an old diesel with a new CNG- or LPG-powered car in Germany literally pays these days, so no wonder sales are on the rise

Aside from generating lower fuel bills, cars running on gaseous fuels (LPG autogas and CNG – compressed methane) spew out remarkably lower amounts of pollutants, especially nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, but also carbon dioxide. Specifically, CNG-powered cars emit by 18% less CO2 than their counterparts fueled with petrol and as far as NOX are concerned, gaseous vehicles cut emissions by as much as 90% compared to diesels.

According to data collected and processed by the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, the Federal Road Transport Office), in the first nine months of 2017 registrations of CNG- and LPG-powered cars in Germany were 1663 and 2946, respectively. While the numbers may fail to impress in their own right, they become meaningful compared to 2016 figures – over the same period, autogas car sales grew by 42,6%. Unfortunately, sales of methane vehicles plunged by 23,3%.

As observed by Meinauto.de, gas-powered cars have been enjoying a six-fold hike in buyers' interest after vast discounts for motorists who ditch their old diesels were announced. Combined, CNG- and LPG-powered cars now enjoy a market share of 3,6% in Germany. We hope that's just a start.



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Piotr Złoty
source: kfz-betrieb, Meinauto.de



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