Drivers benefitting from cheaper and cleaner motoring by driving on LPG can be safe in the knowledge that the long term supply of the fuel source is secure and plentiful.
The reassurance comes from fuel supplier Autogas, following the publication of a new report from the RAC Foundation, warning that the country’s diesel pumps could run dry in the future due to an over-reliance on diesel imports. As a significant net exporter of LPG, the UK produces around 37 times the amount of LPG that is consumed through transportation, meaning supplies are unlikely to be threatened.
“The latest report heaps even more pressure and concern onto those driving diesel vehicles,” comments Linda Gomersall, boss of Autogas. “In addition to significantly contributing to our growing air quality crisis, they may also have to contend with a fuel scarcity, forcing them to either limit their mileage or increase their running costs. Thankfully, those making the switch to autogas LPG have no such concerns.”
Currently around 150,000 drivers in the UK choose to run their car on the cheaper cleaner fuel, saving themselves up to 40 percent off their fuel bills. LPG currently retails at an average price of 57.9 pence per litre across the UK, compared with 110.31 pence per litre for diesel. What’s more the fuel source is readily available with more than 1,400 forecourt locations offering the fuel.
“Not only is autogas a cheaper, cleaner option for drivers today, but this will continue into the foreseeable future,” adds Gomersall. “Thanks to the superior environmental credentials of autogas LPG when compared with petrol or diesel, we have commitment from the Government to maintain the fuel duty differential on LPG, meaning drivers can be assured of both continuity of supply and low costs.”