Autogas is the term used to describe LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) used as an automotive fuel. LPG is a blanket denomination covering propane and butane, two naturally occurring gases which are easily converted to liquid form through the application of moderate pressure. LPG is primarily derived during the extraction of natural gas, and is also produced in refineries. It is a highly versatile energy source with hundreds of applications in the home, in industry, agriculture, and – of course – as an automotive fuel. Often under exploited in the past due to unsustainable practices such as flaring and venting, it is increasingly being recognized as a unique and valuable energy resource.
Powering 10 million vehicles across Europe and accounting for almost 4% of the passenger car fleet road transport fuel mix, Autogas is already the leading alternative fuel in the EU. Through a joint effort on the part of industry and public authorities, there is potential for rapid and considerable growth, particularly in the passenger car sector. Autogas could account for a 10% share of Europe’s passenger car fuel mix by 2020. This would yield considerable benefits for governments, individual citizens and society in general.
With an increasing need to protect the world we live in, it’s good news to find that Autogas offers an option to help reduce harmful emissions.
There are a variety of different kit and tank types that will suit most makes and models of petrol powered vehicles. Contact us to find out if your car is suitable for Autogas conversion. Diesel conversions are also available for trucks/HGVs.
LPG is one of the most environmentally friendly automotive fuels around, offering a tremendous advantage in towns and cities where pollution is a problem. With an increasing need to protect the world we live in, it’s good news to find that Autogas offers an option to help reduce harmful emissions.
Tests have shown that Autogas emits:
10-12% less CO2 than petrol
53% less NOx than petrol
120 times less small particle emissions than diesel
A good conversion using quality components, properly installed and adjusted, should make the engine perform just as it does on Petrol. There has to be some power loss (LPG is 15% less potent when measured against petrol) but this is only evident at the highest part of the RPM band. When driving a converted vehicle with a larger engine it is very difficult to find any difference in performance. Vehicles with smaller engines might show the power reduction more clearly but we are still only talking about a minor amount toward the top of the rev. band. Not a big deal for most drivers as we rarely ‘red line’ the engine on today’s roads.
The LPG tank and fuel pipes are fitted with numerous safety devices. The gas flow will automatically stop if the pipes are damaged or the engine is not running. If the vehicle catches fire, the gas tank pressure is controlled via safely venting excess pressure which will prevent the tank from rupturing and causing further damage. Tanks are made of thick steel.