Hyundai Motor Co. this week began selling a hybrid vehicle that runs on a combination of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and battery power. The new model, said to be the first hybrid to use LPG, will not be sold in the U.S.
Bloomberg.com reported that the car, a converted Hyundai Elantra, can travel 17.8 kilometers on a liter of LPG or 38.5 liters for the price of one gallon per gasoline. It emits 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, making it the world’s first vehicle to meet California’s Super Ultra Low Emission vehicle standard.
Liquefied petroleum, commonly used in heating appliances, is synthesized by refining petroleum or so-called “wet” natural gas. It is usually derived from fossil fuel sources.
Bloomberg reported Hyundai is currently developing gasoline-electric hybrids for overseas markets.
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