will converting my car to LPG save me money?
is half the price of diesel or petrol. This is because the tax is
far lower in recognition of its environmental benefits. There are
also benefits such as a small reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)
and reduced engine wear.
is LPG better for the environment?
Firstly the simple chemical nature of the fuel ensures that it burns
cleaner producing less pollution. LPG has the potential to make a
huge difference to local air quality, particularly in urban areas.
Secondly, it is produced as a by-product of oil extraction and refining
operations. The UK produces a surplus of millions of tonnes each year
. LPG is by far the most valuable use for it.
and fire tests have proved that the strength and integrity of tanks
fitted to LPGA safety guidelines (CoP11) make the LPG fuel system
safer than petrol. There are now over eight million LPG vehicles around
the world. The Queen has four of them.
Petroleum Gas, often called autogas when used to as a vehicle fuel,
is made up of propane and butane. It is a by-product of oil extraction
and refining operations, particularly when using North Sea 'wet' crude.
Consequently, the UK has an abundant supply. Currently the UK exports
LPG and imports petrol.
it matter what system I put on my car?
does - very much. It is crucial to have both the right system for
your car and to have it fitted by a mechanic trained both to LPGA
will it affect my car's performance
LPG conversions suffer no noticeable loss of performance. Engines
will run smoother and be slightly quieter.
does an LPG conversion work.
adds a second independent fuel system, making the car bi-fuel or capable
of running on either petrol or LPG. This requires a second tank, usually
installed in the spare wheel well.
happens if I run out of LPG?
conversions are dual fuel so when the car runs out of LPG it will
automatically switch to petrol. This is quite normal, hardly noticeable
and causes no damage to your engine. The car will normally cold start
on petrol and then quickly switch over when the engine is warm. It
is therefore important to have a little bit of petrol.
I still drive on petrol?
adds a second fuel system, leaving the original petrol system in place.
Therefore the car drives as before on petrol and will normally cold
start on petrol. However, when you start filling up with LPG you will
be loathe to buy more petrol than you absolutely have to.
happens if I get a puncture?
conversions put the LPG tank in the spare wheel well of the car so
as not to reduce boot space. If you are unlucky enough to get a puncture
all conversions are supplied with fully approved tyre foam. This reflates
the tyre and seals the puncture until you can get it properly repaired.
can I refuel?
has invested over £100 million in the infrastructure and there
are now over 1,200 LPG refuelling stations in the UK. If you do run
out then the car will automatically switch over to petrol.
I convert my diesel to use LPG?
some companies are developing systems that use LPG and diesel at the
same time, the Greenfuel position is that they are very different
fuels. Introducing them together may cause great increases in power
output and consequently mechanical problems. If, in the future, a
company can demonstrate a system that is both mechanically reliable
and reduces emissions, then Greenfuel will advocate its use.
much does it cost?
depends on the vehicle to be converted.
it damage my engine?
contrary, the LPG conversion will reduce engine wear. LPG burns cleaner
than petrol. This means less emissions out of the exhaust and less
carbon deposits in the engine. These deposits are very abrasive and
can contribute to engine breakdowns. The oil and spark plugs will
also last longer.
system should be inspected annually by a specialist LPG technician.
This normally takes about half an hour and is consequently not expensive.
it affect my insurance?
have to notify your insurance company. The major companies will not
increase your premium provided that the work has been properly carried
the conversion improve the resale value of my car?
depends entirely on the quality of the system fitted. A good quality,
reliable system is akin to having a half price fuel button on the
dashboard and will be a good selling point. Unreliable equipment without
proper certification will lower the value of the car.
is going to happen to LPG prices?
has committed itself to reducing pollution. The environmental credentials
of LPG are proven. Therefore it is extremely unlikely that the duty
differential between LPG and petrol and diesel will be reduced.
an LPG system be removed?
can be taken out and put on another car but there are some important
issues to consider.
anyone famous use LPG?
has two Rolls-Royces, a Daimler and a Rover running on autogas, and
a refuelling facility in the Royal Mews. The Duke of Edinburgh's Metrocab
runs on LPG. The Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the
President of the USA all use LPG cars.
LPG take off?
Brian Wilson, the Energy Minister, unveiled the 100,000th LPG car
in the UK, which represents an investment of over £150 million. The
Oil industries have invested over £100 million in the fuelling infrastructure.
Globally there are now more than eight million vehicles powered by
I be exempt from Congestion Charging?
to what is sometimes said, not all LPG conversions qualify for CC
exemption. To qualify the car has to meet Band 4 (40% improvement
on Euro IV) emissions targets.
long does the conversion take?
three to four days to allow time for system testing.