Frequently asked questions about autogas
- Is the autogas available in Greece imported from abroad or produced domestically?
The autogas distributed through service stations comes from domestic oil refineries. Local refineries produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for all purposes through the fractional distillation of crude oil.
- What percentage of the total market does autogas currently hold?
It is estimated that autogas comprises less than 2% of the total fuel intended for vehicle use. Its use is growing, however, as it combines tangible savings for consumers with environmental benefits.
- Is there a specific number of service stations selling autogas? Are additional investments planned in this area?
Right now, there about 300 service stations in Greece under the Coral and Car Gas brands which can service and supply LPG-powered cars. There is also strong interest in the liquid fuel outlet sector in adding LPG to its range of products. Service stations often include facilities for converting petrol-powered cars to dual fuel supply.
- How safe is the use of autogas?
The use of LPG for private and commercial vehicles is completely safe and legal (Ministerial Decision No. 18586/618 20/3/2000), as the parts on the converters have been tested in accordance with European specifications and are accompanied by certificates of suitability. The fuel system on the vehicle is a closed-loop system and does not pass through the passenger compartment. It is also equipped with specific safety provisions.
- How do you fill the fuel tank on a car with LPG?
All of the kits converting vehicles to autogas include a storage cylinder that is placed in the boot. The latest solution is to place an annular reservoir in the spare-tyre stowage space. The car's gas tank is filled at a special autogas dispenser at service stations which connects to the tank filler valve that is prominently placed on the car.
- What happens when a car runs out of autogas far from a filling station?
All cars using LP autogas can change over from LPG to petrol by flipping a switch. The driver can select the desired fuel even while driving.
- Does the autogas supply system to the engine need maintenance?
Regular maintenance of the autogas supply system is performed by authorised car repair garages and varies according to the manufacturer.
- In order to use LPG in a car, do you have to buy a new car with factory-installed autogas specifications? Can a petrol-powered car be converted to dual fuel use? Who undertakes these conversions?
It is not necessary to buy a new car from the factory in order to use liquefied petroleum gas. Converting your car to LPG is a simple process undertaken by authorised car repair garages and includes a warranty on the conversion kit.
All petrol-powered cars can be converted to autogas, and a flip of a switch can alternate between the two fuel types.
Major car manufacturers in Europe, such as Opel, Ford, Citroen, Daihatsu, Fiat, Mercedes and Nissan, make factory-built LPG-driven models, but these are not yet available in Greece.
- Do LPG-powered cars have to pay lower circulation tax?
Although the use of autogas means lower environmental impacts, no law has been introduced that calls for a reduction in circulation tax for cars using LPG.
- Is there a particular smell in the passenger compartment of an LPG-powered car?
There is no smell in the passenger compartment of a car using LPG. Given the significant environmental benefits, the cost savings in comparison to competitive fuels and the technology involved in converting cars already at an advanced level, autogas is a strategic development priority for the Coral Gas team, with multiple benefits for all drivers.