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$3.5m Green Car Grant for cleaner LPG fuel system



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$3.5M GREEN CAR GRANT FOR CLEANER LPG FUEL SYSTEM

25 Jan 2011

An innovative Melbourne company is developing a hi-tech new LPG liquid injection system for vehicles, thanks to a $3.54 million grant from the Australian Government.

The LPG Liquajet system will boost LPG power performance to match that of petrol-powered engines, whilst cutting average fuel costs by up to 50 per cent. It will lower the greenhouse gas emissions of individual vehicles by a minimum 10 per cent.

Liquajet’s developers, Alternative Fuel Innovations (AFI) Pty Ltd, will be supported through the Australian Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Fund was equipping the Australian auto industry to compete in the carbon-constrained economy of the twenty-first century.

“Consumers in Australia and overseas are clearly looking for vehicles that are easier on the hip pocket and the environment. The Australian Government is enabling firms like AFI to capitalise on that demand,’’ Senator Carr said.

“We are building high-wage, high-skill jobs in Australia, and making our manufacturers leading players in the global response to climate change.”

Senator Carr noted that the AFI project would facilitate wider uptake of the more environmentally friendly LPG as a fuel option.

“It is not only the big auto companies that are funded to achieve the objectives of A New Car Plan for a Greener Future,” he said.

“Our smaller companies and component producers have a role to play in making the world a more sustainable place for future generations.

“The Green Car Innovation Fund has already supported projects involving light-weight mirrors, more efficient batteries and better engine systems. Liquajet is another example of the incredible potential in our automotive sector.”

For more information on the Green Car Innovation Fund, visit www.ausindustry.gov.au, phone 13 28 46, or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.