CNG/LPG vehicles and conversions set to grow 175% by 2012

From Green Car Congress:

A new report from Frost & Sullivan forecasts that sales of Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Compressed Natural Gas vehicles and conversion kits will increase 175% from 2.9 million units in 2006 to 8.0 million units by 2012.

The global automotive industry is making emission reduction a top priority and this is leading to increased development of LPG/CNG as alternative fuels and associated conversion kits. With the provision of appropriate infrastructure and strong support from governments and fuel suppliers, LPG/CNG will gain greater acceptance as alternative fuels across the globe.

– Frost & Sullivan Research Analysts

India and Pakistan have enforced mandatory conversion to alternative fuels for all public transport in certain local regions. Both these countries as well as Iran are expected to record the highest growth in LPG/CNG sales. Latin American countries are also moving toward large-scale utilization of CNG vehicles with Argentina and Brazil being the largest consumers of CNG kits in the world.
LPG kits will continue to dominate the market mainly in the EU, Russia and Turkey. India and Iran accounted for 20% of global sales of CNG kits in 2006, and this is likely to increase to more than 42% by 2012.

While aftermarket sales of LPG/CNG kits currently hold more than 85% of total global kit sales, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) kit sales will steadily increase to reach more than 27% of the total number of units sold by 2012.

Competition from other alternative fuels, such as ethanol and biofuels, could challenge the growth of the LPG and CNG markets. The lack of appropriate infrastructure for the distribution and refuelling of these fuels and low levels of customer awareness about the benefits of alternative fuels are other factors hindering market development.


8 Responses

  1. Where can you find duel fuel diesel/cng conversion kits for a 2007 Ford F-250?

    I’m located in northern NV.

    Thank you,

  2. […] CNG/LPG conversions set to grow 175% by 2012  […]

  3. CNG seems to be the short to medium term answer to the fuel crisis. It is cheap, plentiful and has better green credentials than other fuel alternatives. Why is nobody talking about this relatively painless answer to at least our immediate problems?
    Please enlighten me. I don’t understand it.

  4. Its called ‘economic’ inertia…and crusty politics…have patience…we do have some intelligent politicians at hand and they are making changes…its frustratingly slow but consider that our current situations derives from politics spanning thirty years…Rudd has made some clanger mistakes but the treasurer is easing off on the China boom -phew!! and Ferguson has spoken publicly about our future reserves…from the consumer perspective 1/ preserve energy 2/dont buy a new car 3/ convert your car to CNG 4/ buy a bicycle 🙂 The evidence to date is that our government is moving slow slow but at least in the right direction so we all need to inform ourselves and be critical of our own energy consumption as well as being critical constructively of our own government. Swan and Ferguson are acting so we should be thankful of what that are doing and clamorous about what they are not doing 🙂

    The latest hurdle is for us to stop wasting energy exporting LNG…once we get over that one its clear sailing!

  5. What happens when we all do the change over and then the govenment carries out it plan to raise the excise on lpg

  6. Revenue substitution is part of managing the transition of a fuel mix..government economists and treasury can read the figures…while a significant % of revenue is derived from petroleum…the negative impacts on the economy of a dis-functional transport sector are well known. This is why governments set targets for changes in overall fuel usage and this is what has been missing under previous governments.

    The concept of a transport strategy thus needs to be inclusive of all modes…looking at the transport demand factors vis a vis..all modes..walking, riding, train, bus, ferry, carpool, – commercial sector demand management in terms of policy and incentive to manage commerce according to consideration of the total ‘transport task’ options available and the implications concerning public transport, micro-economic management (see central place theory) and then we see fuel mix is only one small part of the transport jigsaw puzzle.

    While micro-economic management is a mess at the moment, it does need consideration that this situation has evolved slowly and permeated many facets of economic life which we dont immediately connect with fuel. Say for instance I buy kilo of mangoes in Mackay Woolworths…and then find out that even though they are ‘local’ they were freighted to a central warehouse 500km away, stored in a fridge, and then re-transported back to Mackay..and I was none the wiser. It fruitless to look at the fuel or transport debate therefore in isolation if our mode of micro-economic management is wasteful in the first place…we will no doubt have alternatives and new technologies but this wont buy us much time if we dont look at cause and effect properly to determine why we waste so much fuel and energy in the first place. This is why I am more in favour of the quick wins from micro-economic reform over and above ‘pollution trading’…sorry..I meant ’emissions trading.

    And I dont think our media is being helpful in polarising opinion without looking at the facts and reporting fully the reforms that Treasury and Resources have already put in place. If we become aware of the inherent energy waste in our economy, its not rocket science to negotiate change to deliver improved transport outcomes but we have to stop paying attention to the distractions in the paper which keep getting put in our face.

  7. Hi,
    we have recently launched a new free online map-based carpooling service for Australia.
    Your opinion and comments are very welcome as well as enquiries regarding possible implementation of this service for other countries (or organisations/corporates).
    The address is
    P.S. a bit off topic, but perhaps still handy might be guide for motorcycle fuel consumption figures that are usually missing in the factory specs.

  8. Yes Ginni your idea of car pooling is one of many solutions to rising fuel costs and the effects that the transport sector has in contributing to climate change and global warming not just here in Australia but everywhere. I operate a business in Melbourne (one year old now) supplying the transport industry liquid fuel technology to save fuel. These products have been developed for over 2 decades and produce real world savings. Can be used by the private motorist as well as the commercial sector take a look at our website Cheers

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