The Hybrid Electric LPG

LPG hybrid electric car clean

"According to an Ifop survey conducted in September 2004, 46% [1] French say to suffer from car pollution and 76% say they are ready to use alternative fuels even if it resulted in an additional cost of 5 10% compared to fuels classics. "

"Faced with a growing demand for" clean cars ", the CFBP continues its promotion of LPG, but also its research and development initiatives to reveal the untapped potential of LPG. The LPG / Electric Hybrid that we are presenting today is a perfect example of the immediately available ecological and economic benefits of LPG, ”said Joël Pedessac, Director General of CFBP.

Revolutionary, this prototype is the first sedan 4 places to associate a "green" fuel, LPG fuel, hybrid technology for cars
even cleaner. Developed by the installation company GPL RM Gaz, in collaboration with the CFBP and IFP, this prototype presents unmatched environmental performance.

To demonstrate the interest of LPG in the hybrid solution, a Toyota Prius II vehicle, recognized worldwide for its CO2 performance, was chosen to develop this prototype vehicle, named LPG / Electric Hybrid '. Elected car of the year 2005 by a jury of 58 specialized journalists from 22 countries, and placed at the top of the Ademe clean vehicles list, the Toyota Prius II consumes on average 4,5l / 100km and rejects 104 g CO2 per km. The double motorization makes it possible to run on electric energy in an urban environment which produces almost no pollution. The petrol engine takes over beyond a speed of 50km / h on expressways, especially for long distances.

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The LPG / Electric Hybrid: an even cleaner vehicle

Equipped with LPG and electric motors, the prototype benefits from all the advantages of a hybrid vehicle, namely the use of the electric motor in an urban environment, recharging the batteries during braking and decelerations. The petrol engine is replaced by an LPG engine, thus enabling this vehicle to benefit from the environmental and economic performance of LPG. IFP test results show that the prototype
of Hybrid GPL / Electric 'is even more efficient than a petrol hybrid. Indeed, the use of LPG instead of gasoline contributes to significantly reducing CO2 emissions by
one of the most efficient vehicles on the market. The LPG / Electric 'hybrid emits only 92 g / km of CO2, 11,5% less than the petrol version. To this must be added that the prototype has already traveled 15 km and that these performances could be even better if it were new.

LPG: an economic alternative fuel and available everywhere

In addition to its recognized qualities in terms of respect for the environment, LPG saves money. Its price at the pump is 0.6 € / l, which is half less than petrol and 37% cheaper than diesel in 2004. Tax aid relating to LPG vehicles, in force since 2001, allows motorists to benefit from a tax credit of € 1525 on the purchase of a new vehicle or during its conversion if it is less than 3 years old, from the total exemption or for half of the gray card for an LPG vehicle and a TIPP set at a floor threshold of 0.06 € / l. Note that, to participate in the development of the clean vehicle market, several regions have just decided to increase the exemption rate for gray card fees for LPG vehicles.

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LPG is available throughout the country through a network of nearly 2000 service stations, including 300 on the motorway network and expressways for 170 drivers, making it the only clean fuel actually available anywhere in France and in Europe.

About the French Committee of Butane and Propane

Association of law 1901, the French Committee of Butane and Propane (CFBP) is the professional organization of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector. The CFBP's mission is to represent the LPG sector with the various French political and economic players: public authorities, standardization bodies, others
energy industries, national, European and
International. In collaboration with its members, the CFBP aims to inform the public and the various services and industries related to LPG on the uses and advantages of
Liquefied petroleum, on safety and on the activities of the profession. In partnership with national, European and international authorities, the CFBP contributes to the development of rules and standards that govern the exploitation and use of LPG. The CFBP gives a
cohesion with the whole of the sector in France by ensuring the connection between the distributing companies and the other industries, as well on the technical level as economic. Consult the GPL website: www.cfbp.fr

LPG hybrid… yes… but…

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In the meantime, and while Renault is launching large-scale production of its Logan in Russia, which will add to the 650 million classic vehicles, therefore very energy-consuming, in service around the world, current industrial investments are not going as far as possible since nothing forces them! In doing so, they commit us to the long term with a less bad solution! It's a bit like if a doctor sold you the plague instead of cancer: What if we healed rather? Let's not be naive, the doctors (or the builders!) And the labs (or oil companies!) Live with the sick, not the healthy! Sorry! During this EVS21 fair, it is clear that the managers of various and varied 'green' organizations selfishly 'sell' themselves without real coordination or synergy: Too bad for all!

So, after the death of the Audi A2 TDI eco at 82 g / CO2 / km, already forgotten because far too intelligent to survive in this arrogant and incredulous world, when do we start? Too late ?

As would say today, rather ironically, W.Churchill in this merciless economic war which jeopardizes our very survival: "Never in the field of human conflicts, so many people have owed so little"

Marc Alias

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