LPG is known as autogas in the german speaking countries. It is a liquid gas made up of fuels such as butane and propane and is used, among other things, in engines for vehicle use. It is not for nothing that an LPG car is considered a cheaper alternative to conventional gasoline engines: the LPG price is only half that of gasoline. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the price of LPG: current price, trend and forecast. also: LPG prices in europe comparison!
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What is the current LPG price? At gas stations?
According to global petrol prices the average LPG price on 6.12.2021 0,87 euro per liter. You want to know the current LPG price? Check this website, because the price of LPG and other fuels is published weekly: LPG price up to date.
You are looking for the LPG station price? The LPG price per liter varies depending on the gas station between 0.54 and 0.80 euro. Especially on busy routes, prices are skyrocketing compared to those in the countryside or in the inner cities. Search here for the LPG station price in your area: LPG station price.
Although the price of LPG has increased in recent years, the price of LPG is currently still about half the price of gasoline and still significantly cheaper than diesel.
How has the LPG price evolved as of 2019?
The tax benefits; introduced in 1994 for the environmentally friendly alternative fuel LPG, should actually expire in 2018. In the meantime, it has been extended until the end of 2022, but with the special rule that the benefit is to be reduced by 3 cents per liter each year:
Thus, the LPG price has increased from 2019 with the increase in the tax rate to 9.74 cents per liter. In 2020 this was increased to 12.21 cents per liter, in 2021 the tax rate was 17.15 cents per liter and in 2022 it will be increased to 19.65 cents. This means, the LPG price from 2019 has increased and will continue to increase.
Unlike LPG motorists who will be affected by rising tax rates, motorists who drive with CNG (compressed natural gas) are at an advantage: the current tax concessions for CNG have been extended until 2026 and a reduction will not be due until 2024.
LPG price after 2022
LPG price will continue to increase after 2022, as the tax rate will be 22.09 cents per liter from 2023 onwards, so an extra of 409 € per tonne. Nevertheless, the LPG price remains comparatively low, which is why LPG continues to offer a good alternative to other CO2-rich fuels such as gasoline or diesel. For comparison, the energy tax per liter of diesel is 47.04 cents and that of gasoline 65.45 cents (as of december 2021).
LPG is used not only for driving, but also in the home for heating and in gas stoves with propane for cooking. Find out more in the following article: liquefied petroleum gas introduction.
The LPG price in europe comparison
The LPG price differs not only within Germany, but also from country to country. In a european comparison it quickly becomes clear that countries in the south and west of germany are more expensive, but cheaper in eastern europe. There are several reasons for this:
- General price level: the higher the general price level of the country, the higher the LPG price.
- LPG filling station network: a less developed network of gas stations leads to a higher LPG price, as there is less competition among LPG stations.
- taxes and subsidies for autogasAlthough each country has access to the same natural gas prices, different taxes and subsidies affect the LPG price.
In view of this, it makes sense that germany with its well-developed LPG filling station network of around 7.000 LPG stations and a comparatively lower price level with 0.872 euro per liter, LPG prices are cheaper than for example switzerland (1.06 euro/liter) or france (0.91 euro/liter) has.
Due to the differences in LPG prices, it is worth comparing prices and looking for the cheapest LPG stations before traveling abroad. So you can save money before but also during the trip. Learn more here: LPG autogas: gas station near you.
However, in poland, one of the largest growth markets in the world for LPG, LPG prices are lower and amount to 0.73 cents per liter. Please find below an overview of the average LPG prices in europe (as of december 2021, source: retail energy price data, globalpetrolprices.Com, 2021)
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What is the LPG conversion price?
In the costing of LPG, it is not only the price of the fuel that plays a role, but also the prices of a LPG conversion respectively the installation of a LPG system. Finally, a car is only operable on LPG if it is converted into an LPG car. The condition is that it is a gasoline car; diesel engines are not usually converted .
When a conversion and installation system are with costs between 1.500 and 3.500 euro to reckon. This has to do with the size and type of the gas tank, but also with additional services that can be installed as needed. The cost usually also includes the GSP/GAP test, an emissions certificate, a fuel tank adapter and a two-year warranty.
The installation is done by a qualified professional and can take up to three days. Therefore, there may be additional costs for rental cars to tide you over. When converting a new vehicle, it is also advisable to have a warranty insurance to be concluded, as damages related to the conversion are excluded by the car manufacturer.
avoid cheap conversions although cheap conversions abroad are tempting, it is generally not advisable: missing permission documents or problems with service and maintenance are just some of the difficulties to be expected. Having the conversion done by a qualified professional not only provides better service, but also reduces the likelihood of damage.
After the conversion of the car into a LPG car come every two years maintenance and inspection costs add to the gas system. reputable manufacturers even recommend an annual check of the system. Expect costs of up to 150 euro.
The LPG conversion price is worth it
Overall, the LPG conversion price is not to be taken lightly. Does a conversion pay off? Generally, LPG car manufacturers and service stations give a mileage of about 4.500 kilometers from which the conversion pays for itself. That is, if the converted vehicle is in good condition, the conversion will definitely pay off in the long run.
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By the way: this is how the LPG price is made up
The price of LPG, like the price of gas and electricity, is made up of several components.
- These include purchase costs for the fuels butane and propane, which account for over half of the price.
- With 25 percent, another important component of the LPG price are the state taxes.
- Not to forget the transportation and storage costs of LPG and other costs such as those for distribution and the profit margins of the liquefied petroleum gas suppliers, which account for around 13 and 7 percent of the LPG price respectively.
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