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Tue, Sep

Alternative fuels, the worldwide success of LPG


LPG. A fuel with great potential, one that is getting good use as fuel for vehicles worldwide: 9.6% of total used goes to fuel vehicles, the remainder being used for domestic and industrial purposes.

It is the second lowest impact fuel on the market – if we also consider ethanol – and accounts for 1.2% of the total fuel used for transportation worldwide. Consumption reached 26.4 million tons in 2014, up 61% with respect to the levels of 2003, while the number of vehicles using it as fuel has increased to about 26 million. There are 73,000 filling stations. More than have the consumption in 2014 was concentrated in the top ten countries, first Korea, followed by Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Poland, Italy China, Mexico and Japan. The composition of the vehicle fleet in circulation differs from country to country, depending on the policies connected with sustainable mobility. From a prevalence of taxis and trucks in most of the Asian countries to the case of Europe, where private cars lead the pack. Alongside the market for conversions, the automakers are becoming increasingly interested in making models available that are already designed to run on LPG. Regarding the size, generally these are automobiles, but in recent years, with the improvement in the technologies applicable to diesel, there has been an increase in use for buses and small trucks in the United States, Korea and China. With regard to the percentage on the total in circulation, this ranges from 0. 1% in the U.S. to 18% in Turkey, with 14% in Korea, while in Italy we calculate around 5.5% (but the figure refers to cars only).