LPG-powered scooter

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An LPG powered scooter is a scooter powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas. The scooters are in use in China and many parts of Southern Asia.

Shanghai has banned petrol scooters/mopeds and only allows LPG scooters to be used in the city due to air pollution.[1][2] About 190,000 gasoline mopeds were eliminated between 2001 and 2004, replaced by 140,000 LPG mopeds as of 2004, at which time the city had over 100 LPG refueling stations.[2] In 1996 the city's 500,000 gasoline mopeds were responsible one fifth of the air pollution in Shanghai, so in 1997 the city stopped issuing new license plates for them.[2] In 2000, the city stopped renewing plates for existing gasoline mopeds, so all of them expired by 2008.[2]

Police checking a scooter in Shanghai. Sometimes phony LPG tanks are attached to scooters to skirt the law against petrol engines.


  1. ^ Associated Press (16 June 2008), "Shanghai hikes LPG price, aiming to counter shortages", The Hindu (Shanghai), retrieved 2011-04-12 
  2. ^ a b c d Cao Li (30 November 2004), "Shanghai phasing out old mopeds from streets", China Daily (North American ed.). (New York, NY): 3