What exactly is LPG and where does it come from? 40% of LPG comes from the refining of crude oil and 60% straight from field production. At atmospheric pressure it is a vapour, under modest pressure it becomes liquid.
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What is going to happen to the price of Autogas in the future? The cost of Autogas currently stands at around half that of petrol. Thanks to its environmental benefits, LPG has found favour with the government. In 2006 the Chancellor agreed to continue to give notice 3 years in advance of any changes in fuel duty. As a result, the price of Autogas at the pumps will continue to be around half that of petrol and diesel for the foreseeable future. With care for the environment becoming a higher day-to-day priority, schemes are also being put in place which see taxation, insurance and parking incentives towards LPG vehicles.
How is the infrastructure developing? Currently there are more than 1,300 LPG refuelling stations in the UK, and this number is constantly increasing - however depot based fleets can take advantage of LPG immediately by installing their own tank on-site.
What about the cost? Autogas retails at around half the price per litre of unleaded petrol and diesel. In practice this means that an Autogas vehicle is about 40% cheaper to run than a conventional fuelled equivalent, so depending on your mileage, the payback period of the Autogas conversion (currently around £1200) could be less than 2 years.
What happens if an Autogas vehicle is involved in an accident? All LPG tanks are rigorously tested and all are considerably stronger than conventional fuel tanks. The UK has stringent safety standards for Autogas vehicles and by selecting a reputable equipment manufacturer and/or converter approved by the LPGA you are assured peace of mind. All Future Power LPG / Autogas kits meet all LPGA standards.
How much cleaner is Autogas than petrol? Carbon dioxide is widely regarded as a main contributor to the greenhouse effect, which is making our planet warmer. Autogas reduces CO2 emissions from vehicles previously powered by petrol by 20%. Autogas also emits 97% less Benzene than unleaded petrol.
How much cleaner is Autogas than diesel? The black smoke that we see coming from diesel vehicles cause over 20,000 premature deaths a year. By replacing a diesel engine with an Autogas equivalent, over 90% less of this particulate matter would be emitted.
If I convert my vehicles to Autogas, can I still drive on petrol? Yes, and with bi-fuel you'll almost double your range. The petrol tank still remains in the car and the driver can switch from gas to petrol, or vice-versa.
Can LPG damage my engine? No. In fact, LPG is a cleaner burning fuel engine, so life is extended and less maintenance is required.
Will converting affect the performance? There is very little difference in performance - however, with a liquid injection system, performance can be increased by 5%. Some drivers find increased drivability and for anyone used to driving on diesel, there's obviously a significant reduction in noise.
What about the vehicle warranty? All OEM bi-fuel vehicles carry full manufacturer's warranty. Most retrofit conversion specialists will cover the LPG systems; however this needs to be checked.
How much space does the tank take up? For a range of about 300 miles most tanks take up less space than a spare wheel.