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Published on August 26th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Opel Adam LPG Can Go Up To 745 Cleaner-Burning Miles

Opel-Adam-LPG-5Liquified Petroleum Gas, better known as propane, is a clean-burning alternative to compressed natural gas (CNG), though it gets little love in the U.S. But GM’s European arm, Opel, has just rolled out a LPG option for the new Opel Adam microcar. The gas/propane hybrid can get a combined 745 miles, while spewing fewer emissions and costing less money (at least in theory).

The Opel Adam LPG, has a 35-liter LPG tank under the hood that can offer an extra 310 miles of range on top of the 435 miles regular gasoline will get you. In Germany, LPG sells for about half the cost of gasoline, which is currently selling for around $8 a gallon. So even though the 86 horsepower, 1.4 liter ecoFlex engine only returns 34 mpg when running on LPG, compared to the 46 mpg it gets on gasoline, there is still potential for big savings if you can get by on LPG alone.

While the Opel Adam LPG starts at $21,565, about $4,000 higher than a base-model Opel, it’s apparently a cheaper alternative to the proposed Opel Adam EV, which was killed on the concept car floor. As for the U.S., the only LPG options open to us are expensive aftermarket conversions or to old-school, carburetor style, neither of which writer Jo Borras is a fan of.

His loss; propane burns cleaner, costs less, and is better for engine longevity than even the “cleanest” gasoline.

Source: Carscoops

 




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  • UncleB

    Canadians might like this! Huge savings! We have huge quantities of Natural gas ready for conversion to propane and full, nation wide propane and natural gas distribution systems! Imagine all the very expensive gasoline this would free up for export (at world spot prices of course) especially to a ‘too stubborn to convert” U.S.A. and their huge military gas bills! Please! Let us import these fine cars!

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