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Repsol and Opel Commit to Spanish Autogas Market

Repsol and Opel have signed a collaboration agreement to promote the sale of Autogas vehicles and increase  their use in Spain, a country where Autogas already powers more than 28,000 cars.

Opel, which manufactures its Corsa and Meriva models with LPG engines at the Figueruelas factory in Zaragoza (at a rate of 120 cars a day), will boost the commercialisation of its range of vehicles running on Autogas, and will collaborate with Repsol in technology development activities. Repsol will support Opel in its commercial strategies for vehicles using automotive LPG, and will open around 100 new Autogas sites, in addition to the 235 it already has in its service station network.

Spain currently has approximately 300 stations in total, and another 300 private units used for fleets - a massive increase compared to just 5 years ago when there were  only 25 refueling sites, and total number of just 2,000 cars. 

Autogas offers drivers savings of up to 40% on their fuel bulls and benefits from the PIVE 5 and PIMA Aire government schemes for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles due to its low particulate and NOx emissions. It also reduces contributes to the fight against climate change due to its lower CO2 emissions.

To formally mark the beginning of this collaboration, Repsol’s LPG Commercial Director in Spain, José Manuel Hernández-Carrero, and the Executive Commercial Director of General Motors España, Enrico De Lorenzi, signed a strategic agreement at the Opel factory.The event was attended by the GM Managing Director and Manager of the GM España factory, Antonio Cobo, and the Manager of Repsol’s AutoGas Project, David Fernández de Heredia.

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Pictured Left to right: Enrico de Lorenzi, José Manuel Hernández Carrero, Antonio Cobo, David Fernandez De Heredia Anaya

“Through this agreement, Repsol has reinforced its commitment to the development of Autogas in the Spanish market, where it has achieved growth in line with other European markets thanks to its significant environmental and economic advantages, which have made it the most widely-used alternative fuel in the world”, José Manuel Hernández-Carrero pointed out.

According to Enrico De Lorenzi, “General Motors is committed to alternative clean fuels such as LPG, which has had great success in many European countries as a result of its economic advantages, environmental friendliness and the long range of LPG-powered vehicles. We welcome this agreement, as it will allow customers, in particular all our fleet clients, to commit to this fuel in the knowledge that they will have access to an increasingly extensive network of refueling sites”.

The growing demand for Autogas automobiles has been boosted by the economic and environmental advantages it offers. As well as its inclusion in public subsidy schemes such as the PIVE 5 and PIMA Aire, which is specifically for light commercial vehicles, many city councils and autonomous regions are also committing to Autogas and have implemented measures such as rebates on the Tax on Motor Vehicles and discounts on toll roads, among other examples.

For further information, please contact Armando Viçoso at avicoso@repsol.com

 
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