Proton has expanded its GEN-2 range in the UK with the addition of two dual fuel models able to run on either gasoline or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).
Proton is offering a full factory-fitted LPG conversion at no additional cost to the customer, and the ecoLogic owners will also have a 3 year/60,000 miles total vehicle warranty. The Proton ecoLogic GEN-2 has a 1.6 liter engine and is available in a hatchback or sedan.
LPG retails in the UK at around 50% of the price of a liter of gasoline; even with the reduced fuel economy of LPG compared to gasoline, drivers of LPG vehicles usually save around 40% of their fuel bills each year.
Typically, LPG also produces less carbon monoxide, particulates and nitrous oxides than other fossil fuels, plus a 15-20% reduction in carbon dioxide compared to gasoline. LPG is a by-product of the extraction and refining of crude oil.
The GEN-2 ecoLogic starts on gasoline and then switches to LPG when it’s most efficient to do so, usually after about 20 seconds. Any very slight differences in performance will go unnoticed and the only visible addition to the interior is a switch on the center console that shows the fuel level. There is a second filler cap next to the petrol cap, which is matched to the exact colour of the car. The LPG tank is situated in the spare wheel well, so owners lose a small amount of trunk space.
The UK has more than 140,000 LPG currently; worldwide, there are some 11 million LPG-capable vehicles. The UK has 1,400 LPG refuelling sites, including motorway service stations and at major supermarkets.