In 2009, Chevrolet will further expand its LPG product range throughout Europe. Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain will offer LPG-versions in addition to the regular gasoline and diesel range.
Chevrolet’s strategy is to offer LPG versions for its entire product line-up. This will include the brand-new Chevrolet Cruze, which will hit the European dealer showrooms in May 2009. An LPG version of the Cruze will be launched shortly after the launch.
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), also known as Autogas in some markets, is widely available: In Europe, more than 10 million LPG-powered vehicles are on the road, including 2.6 million in Poland alone. There are more than 20,000 LPG fuel stations throughout Europe. Apart from reducing emissions, LPG also offers financial benefits through the tax advantages it enjoys in many countries. In Germany, for example, the tax privileges will remain in force at least until 31 December 2018.
The driver can switch from gasoline to LPG or vice versa (bivalent propulsion) with the push of a button, increasing the range to 1,100 km. The performance data of the vehicle remain unchanged. Apart from the additional tank which is fitted into the spare-wheel recess, the LPG kit includes a separate gas-regulating device, a special evaporator pressure regulator for converting the liquid gas into its gaseous aggregate state, plus the necessary fuel lines.
At the same time, LPG helps reduce CO2 emissions immediately. For instance, the LPG-powered Chevrolet Matiz S 0.8, which is available in several European countries, has a CO2 output of 119 g/km.