New Autogas centre in Australia asked to convert 100 hybrid taxis


A new Autogas Centre of Excellence has opened in Victoria to meet the future needs of Australian drivers, after a study from ABMARC (Australian technical consulting and engineering service provider) identified demand for 160,000 new Autogas vehicles between 2018 and 2025. The centre is a joint initiative between Unigas, Prixcar and Sprint Gas, and will provide Australian fleet operators with direct access to a low-cost, high quality LPG installation service for new vehicles through port of entry or dealerships.

John Coggins, Senior Business Manager at Unigas said this is an important partnership that shows a strong commitment by the industry to support fleet operators that want to take advantage of the abundant supply, cost and environmental benefits of Autogas. “There is still a strong role for Autogas in Australia. With local supply and national infrastructure including 2,700 LPG fuelling stations, this cleaner fuel can provide strong fuel security and availability now and well into the future,” he said.

13CABS is the first fleet operator to take advantage of the new facility, with an order currently underway to convert 100 new Toyota Camry Hybrid vehicles from petrol-electric to a tri-fuel system that uses LPG. “We are committed to reducing emissions and improving air quality in the cities where we operate by encouraging cleaner alternative fuels and new technologies across our fleet,” said Greg Hardeman, Fleet Operations Manager at 13CABS.

In-use testing and calculations by 13CABS has shown the Toyota Camry Hybrid with Autogas produces fuel cost savings of up to 45%, with a payback on conversion of just over six months. Switching to LPG also reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 3.45 tonnes per vehicle. For more information, please visit this link.

20 December 2017