AUTOMOTIVE USE OF LPG IN AUSTRALIA - PRESENT POSITION AND POTENTIAL

This report is a re-examination of the potential for lpg as an alternative fuel for motor vehicles and the extent of substitution possible or desirable. Present usage is examined, as well as the extent to which this usage has been encouraged or discouraged by various influences. The lpg resource is assessed and the portion of this resource potentially available for motor vehicles is identified. The technical contraints to lpg utilisation in vehicles are reviewed and remaining problem areas are identified. The non-technical influences determining decisions to adopt lpg as an alternative fuel are assessed. This assessment is based on a detailed examination of the Australian experience since the 1976 royal commission into the petroleum industry and the government policy recommendation on automotive lpg of November 1978. It is concluded that up to 40 per cent of Australian petrol consumption could economically be replaced by lpg, and that resource availability would permit a 20 per cent replacement, but that the major factors inhibiting this adoption are non-technical. Some incentives are proposed that may attract more users to lpg. The most important of these are:-1. A review of financial incentives to adoption and a committed future policy by all governments. 2. A publicity programme to promote a favourable image of lpg. 3. A publicity programme to inform potential convertees of the economic advantages of lpg. The programme should be flexible and tailored to the potential market. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM