LPG adapters in Europe

There are four different LPG connectors in Europe:
Euroconnector
ACME connector
Bayonet connector
Dish connector
Adapters
Adapter combinations

Adapters per country

Caution

As every joint in a fuel line bears the potential of a leakage, the risk of cold burns increases with the number of removable parts in the refuelling connection. Therefor caution is advised when refuelling with adapters.

As the European market still exhibits many different connections, Autogas cars (even those retailed by the manufacturers themselves) often don’t have the connector permanently installed and rely on mounting and dismounting the connector for every refuelling. Especially with connection contours like Bayonet and ACME, where rotational forces are induced from connecting with the nozzle, care must be taken so as to not accidentally disconnect the adapter or the connector with the nozzle itself.

The use of several adapters in series is considered unsafe practice (see below)!


Euroconnector

Also known as: Euronozzle adapter

Sometimes also referred to as Euronozzle, this contour was developed with minimal emissions, safe and comfortable handling in mind and was standardised in the early 2000’s by the gas industry to replace the existing contours in all of Europe. The robust design guarantees superior connection quality, minimal risk of leakage and the fuel emissions have been reduced to a very minimum. The single-handed, smooth operation provides a modern refuelling experience for the Autogas customer, considerably better than any other nozzle-connection combination available in the world for Autogas, and also considerably better and cleaner than liquid fuels.

The Euroconnector has been introduced in Spain with great success and is currently being introduced in the U.S. displacing dish, respective ACME connections.

Found in:
Spain

An image of Euronozzle adapter for filling autogas



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ACME connector

Also known as: ACME thread, ACME adapter, ACME nozzle

This connector has a threaded fitting onto which the petrol pump is screwed before the trigger is pulled to establish a seal before fuel transfer.

Found in:
Austria Belgium Germany Ireland Liechtenstein Luxembourg Switzerland United Kingdom

An image of ACME adapter for filling autogas

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Bayonet connector

Also known as: Dutch Bayonet, Bayonet adapter, Bayonet nozzle

This connector establishes a gas proof seal by a push and twist action.

Found in:
Denmark Netherlands Norway Spain United Kingdom

An image of Bayonet adapter for filling autogas

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Dish connector

Also known as: Italian adapter, DISH coupling, Italian dish, Dish adapter, Dish nozzle

Found in:
Albania Austria Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France Greece Hungary Italy Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Malta Montenegro Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden Switzerland Ukraine

An image of Dish adapter for filling autogas

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Adapters

If your LPG system has a different connector than the Autogas station's, you can still fill up your tank. Larger Autogas stations usually sell or at least lend adapters to link the connector on your car to the nozzle at the station.


Adapter combinations

The use of several adapters in series increases the number of joints exponentially increasing the risk of leakage and is considered unsafe practice. For cars with a removable connector, especially for those who travel across borders regularly, an assortment of different connectors specific to their car, matching the thread on the fixed connection on the bodywork, is the only safe solution and the use of adapters should be dismissed altogether.

An image of Dish to Euro adapter for filling autogas
Photo by Cynthia Mai

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Connectors per country


CountriesConnectors
AlbaniaDish adapter
AustriaACME adapter Dish adapter
BelgiumACME adapter
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDish adapter
BulgariaDish adapter
CroatiaDish adapter
Czech RepublicDish adapter
DenmarkBayonet adapter Dish adapter
EstoniaDish adapter
FranceDish adapter
GermanyACME adapter
GreeceDish adapter
HungaryDish adapter
IrelandACME adapter
ItalyDish adapter
KosovoDish adapter
LatviaDish adapter
LiechtensteinACME adapter
LithuaniaDish adapter
LuxembourgACME adapter
MacedoniaDish adapter
MaltaDish adapter
MontenegroDish adapter
NetherlandsBayonet adapter
NorwayBayonet adapter Dish adapter
PolandDish adapter
PortugalDish adapter
RomaniaDish adapter
San MarinoDish adapter
SerbiaDish adapter
SlovakiaDish adapter
SloveniaDish adapter
SpainBayonet adapter Euronozzle adapter
SwedenDish adapter
SwitzerlandACME adapter Dish adapter
UkraineDish adapter
United KingdomACME adapter Bayonet adapter

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