Czechs would rather convert their car to LPG than drive an electric car. The reasons are clear, it is the fuel of the future.
The last three years, affected by the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis, have strengthened the interest in LPG. In 2022, there were 3,966 new LPG-powered cars on Czech roads. Last year, the strong trend continued with 3,502 registrations and approx. 4,500 additional conversions. The data are based on the statistics of the SDA and the Ministry of Transport.
This is a clear message to the address of electric cars, that Czechs will prefer LPG as an alternative drive. Last year’s registrations of battery cars reached 6,640, so they are about a quarter behind. High gasoline prices, which have also fluctuated a lot in recent years, are behind the consistently strong interest. However, the price of LPG remained stable throughout, and moreover at favorably low values. A liter of LPG currently costs an average of CZK 16.40, while we fill Natural 95 for CZK 36.42 per liter.
The high prices also contributed to the interest in new cars adapted to CNG, which car manufacturers eventually abandoned. Last year, their share almost halved (from 0.42% to 0.21%). At the time, only Škoda, Volkswagen and Seat remained in the game, and this year not a single one offers CNG.
On the other hand, you can buy LPG cars from Dacia and Renault, and others may be added. Mazda is flirting with compressed natural gas, and the Czech LPG Association is investigating its usability in combination with a hybrid drive in the Toyota Rav4. It is also being considered by Chinese brands that can flexibly adapt to the needs of the European market. The proof is the already available work pick-up Great Wall Motors Steed 7. It can be said that LPG is well established as an alternative fuel, as its renewable bio-derivative is also in stock. For the owner, the affordability of acquisition, low operating costs and long range are a bonus.
If we look at the Czech market, we can currently buy LPG from production at Renault and Dacia. It is a group-shared three-cylinder engine with a power of 74 kW and a torque of 170 Nm (values when driving on LPG), which is connected to a 6-speed manual.
Dacia offers it in the entire model range, i.e. both versions of the Sander, as well as the Duster and Jogger, where it appears as a basic engine with a price starting at CZK 417,500. In the Duster and Sander, compared to the weaker TCe90 variant with a power of 67 kW and a torque of 160 Nm, you will pay only CZK 15,000 more. Duster with LPG starts at 425,500 CZK and Sandero starts at 331,400 CZK (Sandero Stepway 375,900 CZK). Both of the aforementioned engines can also be found in the Renault Captur and Clio. Here you will pay an additional 20,000 CZK for them. Captur on compressed natural gas costs 485,000 CZK and for Clio you pay at least 403,000 CZK.
Dacia is a Romanian car manufacturer that has been part of the Renault group since. It was founded in 1966 and was already cooperating with Renault at that time.
Dacia’s portfolio mainly includes cars of a lower price category, for example the off-road Dacia Duster, which in 2017 received its second generation.
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