Can my vehicle have an LPG conversion?
Most petrol engines including turbo charged and fuel injected can be converted.
Will I save money by having an LPG conversion?
Yes, You will save up to 50% of your current fuel costs. Due to its low fuel duty, LPG retails at about half the price of unleaded petrol and diesel which means that fuel costs are cheaper than even the latest diesels. The government confirmed in their 2008 budget that we will pay around 40p less duty on LPG than on petrol for the next three years at least.
What is involved in a LPG conversion?
An LPG conversion results in a bi-fuel car, ie one that can run on either LPG or petrol. A second independent fuel system is added to the car, for which a dedicated tank is needed. The tank is usually fitted in the spare wheel well, but can sometimes be installed underneath the car. As with petrol and diesel, liquid LPG is bought by the litre and pumped into the tank via a hose and a filling point. It becomes a gas just before entering the combustion cylinder.
Will I loose boot space?
Gas tanks are available in a vast array of sizes. Loss of boot space can be kept to a minimum by using a doughnut-shaped tank fitted into the spare wheel well.
How long does an LPG conversion take?
Most lpg conversions take around three working days
What about the vehicle warranty?
Alternative Fuel Company systems come with a 24 month warranty
Will it affect my insurance premium?
A survey completed in February 2005 in conjunction with the Association of British Insurers, showed that out of the top twenty companies which accounted for around 98% of all premium income, all would insure a vehicle that was converted by an LPGA Approved Installer and only two would charge an extra premium.
What happens if I run out of LPG or petrol?
Your vehicle will become Bi-fuel which means it can run on petrol or gas. You can change from one to the other at the flick of a switch on the dashboard.
Will converting my car affect its performance?
There is a negligible loss in performance, so small you won’t notice it while driving. What you will notice, compared with a diesel vehicle, is the smoother and quieter ride.
How safe is LPG?
LPG is renowned for its excellent safety record; it is used in hundreds of household appliances such as cigarette lighters and patio heaters. It is recognised as safer than petrol because an LPG tank can survive far greater impact.
What happens if an LPG vehicle is involved in an accident?
The tank and gas 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 cylinder venting, which will prevent the tank from rupturing and causing further damage.
What happens if I get a puncture?
Depending on where the LPG tank is fitted, you may not be carrying a spare wheel. By carrying a can of tyre foam, you can reinflate the tyre and seal the puncture until you can get it properly repaired.
Will the LPG system affect the resale value of my car?
A healthy used-car market depends on public interest. A quality LPG system fitted by an approved installer is a good selling point and may increase the resale value of your car.
Can I buy LPG abroad?
LPG is widely available in European countries