Dacia withdraws bi-fuel range from UK due to LPG supply issues

Dacia, the only carmaker to offer Bi-Fuel variants of its entire range, has temporarily stopped offering the UK market LPG models due to continuing problems in the liquefied petroleum gas supply chain.

The company has stopped taking orders for the Sandero and Duster Bi-Fuel, which were the only new models in the UK compatible with LPG fuel, and has not given a timetable as to when they will be available again .

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A Dacia spokesperson told Autocar: “The LPG supply chain is currently facing issues that are creating an industrial shortage. Dacia will temporarily suspend orders for versions equipped with the ECO-G engine of certain models.

As the publication reports, there is a massive shortage of LPG in the UK due to the shortage of drivers following the pandemic and additional supply problems caused by the war in Ukraine. The number of service stations offering LPG across the UK has declined rapidly from around 1,400 to just 368 over the past two years. At the same time, LPG prices have risen, reducing the cost advantages over other fuels.

In Europe, Dacia still offers Bi-Fuel variants of the Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Jogger and Duster as cheaper alternatives to the petrol and diesel range. All Bi-Fuel models feature a turbocharged 1.0 TCe three-cylinder engine capable of running on both petrol and LPG, with the same engine offered in the Renault Clio and Captur. When running on LPG, the engine produces 99 PS (74 kW / 100 hp) and 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) of torque, which is slightly more than with gasoline. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Using LPG results in a significantly lower refueling cost than petrol or diesel, combined with slightly lower CO2 emissions. Unlike VW Group CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) models which feature a very small gas tank for emergencies, Bi-Fuel models retain their regular gas tank alongside additional LPG tanks mounted under the trunk . Thus, they have a combined range of over 620 miles (998 km) on both fuels.

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