LPG at Autoshow Prague: The conversion of the new Octavia IV to LPG and popular factory models will be on display
From 27 to 29 August 2021, the 24th annual Autoshow Prague car exhibition will take place in the PVA EXPO PRAGUE exhibition center in Letňany, Prague. The event is also traditionally attended by the Czech LPG Association (ČALPG), which will present new models of cars with factory modifications to LPG and cars retrofitted at its stand. Among them is the brand new Octavia 4th generation 1.5 TSi.
LPG or automotive gas is still the most widespread alternative propulsion. There are more than 8 million vehicles in operation in Europe and over 170,000 in the Czech Republic. Compared to others according to the National Action Plan for Clean Mobility (NAP CM), “clean” LPG drives still hold the leading position in the statistics of cars newly put into service. “More new LPG vehicles have already been registered at the end of July this year than in the whole of last year. If we include conversions, in the first half of this year, about 2,900 LPG cars were added, which means more than plug-in hybrids, electric cars and CNG cars. “ Ivan Indráček, Chairman of ČALPG, comments on statistics.
Additional conversions account for the dominant share of “new” LPG vehicles. In recent years, however, the share of factory LPG vehicles has been growing, mainly due to Dacia and Renault models. Dacia Logan and Dacia Sandero.
Although it is still true that the simplest and cheapest is to stop the classic LPG engine with indirect petrol injection into the intake manifold, LPG conversion kit manufacturers keep up with the car’s offer. It is no longer exceptional to carry out the conversion of state-of-the-art engines with direct or combined dual fuel injection. Representatives of both camps will be on display at the association’s stand.
,, The company AUTOGAS – CENTRUM, spol. s ro, lent two summer novelties on the Czech market for our expositions. Indirect injection cars represent the new Lada Niva Luxe Off-road model with an atmospheric seventeen hundred. From the category of direct injection engines, the LPG conversion of the new Škoda Octavia of the fourth generation 1.5 TSi will be on display, “ says Ivan Indráček.
The aim of the ČALPG exhibition at the Letna Exhibition Center is, in addition to examples of specific models of LPG vehicles, also to be clearly informed about the advantages of this alternative fuel and its potential in the field of reducing emissions. Thanks to the fully developed current infrastructure and the high number of cars in operation, autogas already helps to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can contribute to meeting emission targets.
In addition, bioLPGs are appearing on the Czech market, which are generally up to 70% more environmentally friendly than conventional fossil LPG in terms of carbon footprint. Its deliveries to the Czech market have already exceeded the entire previous volume this year. “According to recently published studies, BioLPG: A Renewable Pathway Towards 2050, the future demand for LPG in 2050 could be fully met by the production of bioLPG.” adds Ivan Indráček.
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