The electric LPG hybrid

LPG hybrid electric car clean

“According to an Ifop poll carried out in September 2004, 46% [1] of French people say they suffer from automobile pollution and 76% say they are ready to use alternative fuels even if this entails an additional cost of 5 to 10% compared to fuels classic. "

“Faced with a growing demand for“ clean cars ”, the CFBP is continuing its action to promote 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 ecological and economic benefits, immediately available from LPG, ”says Joël Pedessac, CFBP CEO.

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 GPL installation company RM Gaz, in collaboration with the CFBP and the IFP, this prototype has unparalleled environmental performance.

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

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The LPG / Electric Hybrid: an even cleaner vehicle

Equipped with LPG and electric engines, the prototype benefits from all the advantages of a hybrid vehicle, namely the use of the electric motor in an urban environment, the recharging of the batteries during braking and deceleration. The gasoline engine is replaced by an LPG engine, thus allowing this vehicle to benefit from the environmental and economic performance of LPG. The results of tests carried out by IFP show that the prototype
Hybrid GPL / Electric 'is even more efficient than a gasoline hybrid. Indeed, the use of LPG instead of gasoline helps to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of
this vehicle which is one of the most efficient on the market. The hybrid LPG / Electric 'emits only 92 g / km of CO2, or 11,5% less than the petrol version. To this must be added that the prototype has already covered 15 km and that its performance 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 allows savings to be made. Its price at the pump is 0.6 € / l, ie half less than gasoline and 37% less expensive than diesel in 2004. Tax assistance 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 transformation if it is less than 3 years old, total exemption or half of the gray card for an LPG vehicle and a TIPP set at a minimum threshold of 0.06 € / l. It should be noted that, to participate in the development of the clean vehicle market, several regions have just decided to increase the rate of exemption from registration fees for LPG vehicles.

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

About the French Committee of Butane and Propane

Association under the 1901 law, 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 to 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 gas.
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 the rules and standards that govern the exploitation and use of LPG. The CFBP gives a
cohesion to the entire sector in France by ensuring the link between the distribution companies and other industries, both technically and economically. Visit the GPL website: www.cfbp.fr

Hybrid LPG… yes… but…

In the meantime, and while Renault is launching large-scale manufacturing of its Logan in Russia, which will add to the 650 million classic vehicles, and therefore very energy-hungry, in service worldwide, current industrial investments are not going as far as possible since nothing obliges them! In doing so, they engage us in the long term with a less bad solution! It's a bit like a doctor selling you the plague instead of cancer: What if we get better? Let's not be naive, doctors (or manufacturers!) And labs (or oil companies!) Live on sick people, not on healthy people! Sorry! During this EVS21 show, it is clear that the heads of diverse and varied 'green' organizations 'sell' themselves egotistically without any real coordination or synergy: Too bad for all!

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

Marc Alias

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