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Propane popularity among car owners notably increases in Latvia

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Like mushrooms after a warm summer rain, the number of car owners, who install gas appliances on their motor vehicles, significantly increased. As Diena learned, car owners wait for months in long queues to install these appliances. And there is a good reason to do so – cost effective fuel consumption, for which car owners are prepared to endure some inconveniences.

«An especially steep demand started after fuel prices exceeded the psychological border – one lat per litre», – comments Edvins Panders, gas installation service center Autonams Board member.

And this car owners’ choice is not a surprise. The current average price for one litre of 95 mark petrol is LVL 1.03, but one gas litre – only LVL 0.43. «We’ve reached a new record – propane gas costs 2.5 times less than petroleum», – explains Dmitry Sverchkausks, Latvian Propane Gas (LPG) representative.

Even though the price difference in incomprehensible, the real saving does not start right after the installation of the system. A long time will pass until the device starts to pay for itself. «The larger the car engine’s volume and the everyday distance traveled, the faster the owner feels the difference», – Panders explains. However, propane price is expected to go up in the near future.

Latvian Ministry of Finance does not plan to introduce additional propane taxes – neither this year, nor next year. «Any consumption product tax increase could jeopardize Latvia’s inclusion into the Eurozone, as well as increasing the risk of inflation», – Ministry representative Aleksis Jarockis says.


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