Dacia plays a major role in the resurgence of this type of fuel.
In recent months, not to say the last few years, the small automotive world has revolved around electrification. 100% electric, simple hybrids or plug-in hybrids, there are many solutions today, as long as they show consumption and CO emissions2 low or almost zero during the life cycle of the car.
This trend masks another which should not be overlooked. In fact, with a 445% increase in sales in September 2020 compared to September 2019 in France, LPG is on the rise in France and it’s not about to stop.
Long neglected by car manufacturers, LPG has returned to the forefront thanks to one brand in particular, namely Dacia. Indeed, in 2019, the Romanian firm relaunched this energy and it is today possible to find it under the hood of Logan, Sandero and Duster, and of course soon under that new Sandero and Sandero Stepway.
In September 2019, the offer was almost non-existent, hence the very low volumes at the time with only 50 LPG vehicles sold in France during this period. In September 2020, the trend was largely reversed with 3000 LPG cars sold during this period. Dacia is not the only brand present with a range of LPG models, Renault has recently started offering its Clio and Captur LPG which are also very successful.
During the post-containment period from June to September 2020, the gasoline and LPG dual-fuel unit represented 20% of Sandero and Duster sales. A solution that appeals to customers since the engine that equips these vehicles, namely a 100 horsepower TCe, can run as well on unleaded as on LPG, by switching from one to the other using a button. The whole point is to run on LPG because even if consumption increases in the order of 15 to 20% compared to gasoline, the price at the pump of this energy is unbeatable since it is established at the time of this writing, at 84 cents per liter.
These good figures are also to be used for the benefit of Dacia and its good commercial strategy by offering its LPG models at no additional cost to purchase compared to a conventional petrol engine. So a Dacia Duster Eco-G is billed from 12,490 euros, which is exactly the same price as the 100 horsepower TCe version.