Autogas as an Alternative Fuel
For many people, seeking an alternative fuel sources is important.
Low or no carbon fuels are attractive from an environmental viewpoint.
LPG – Autogas – is a low carbon fuels that reduces your carbon footprint, when compared to petrol or diesel.
Most importantly, Autogas is a transitional fuel that is available now.
Advantages of Autogas as an Alternative Fuel
Autogas is less expensive than petrol or diesel.
LPG has a greater energy density than ethanol, with 26MJ/L vs 20.9MJ/L.
Engine oil and spark plugs need changing less often with LPG, so service costs are reduced.
Environmental benefits include reduced particulate, CO2 and NOx emissions,
Octane ratings over 100 allows for higher compression ratios, which can increase power output.
What is Autogas?
Autogas, liquefied through pressurisation, comes from natural gas processing and oil refining.
Autogas is used as fuel for vehicles.
Even taking into account the lower energy value, using autogas can be about 46% cheaper than using petrol or diesel. This means that it is not only a viable alternative source of fuel for the wealthy, but it is also accessible to people who are looking to lower their fuel costs in the long run.
Autogas as a Viable Global Alternative
It is important to continue to explore options to make vehicles as clean and as green as possible.
When you take into account commercial vehicles as well, the figures are even higher.
The majority of these vehicles run off of petrol or diesel, but around 25 million of these vehicles use autogas.
Autogas is the third most popular fuel worldwide.
Autogas is a proven viable alternative fuel with established and easy to expand infrastructure.
Unlike petrol and diesel, for which we are reliant on these imports, Australia is self-sufficient in and a net exporter of LPG.
So, while other vehicles would become unusable if imports were cut off, Australia’s LPG fleet would still be on the move.
Geopolitical fuel security concerns mean that many governments are keen to look for secure fuel sources.
Cleaner burning fuels, such as Autogas, are an ideal choice for cities, because they produce fewer harmful emissions.
Even if autogas is not the perfect alternative fuel for everyone, it is still the best option that is widely available at this time.
Rather than waiting for the perfect fuel to be created, we can move to Autogas to make incremental improvement.
With hundreds of millions of vehicles using the roads on this planet, every little helps.
Using Autogas creates appreciably less carbon dioxide (CO2) than unleaded petrol.
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas causing long term climate change.
When examined from a “Well to Wheel” perspective, the CO2 benefit is even greater.
This includes emissions associated with the processing and transportation, as well as use.
Diesel CO2 emissions are 29.2% higher than LPG whilst petrol is 26.8% higher than LPG.
LPG cars also produce 95% less ozone and smog causing NOx than diesel engines.
The dirty black smoke that we see coming from diesel vehicles is fine particulate matter.
These fine particles may be deeply inhaled into the lung and carry with them a collection of attached hazardous compounds.
Experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) say diesel engine exhaust fumes are carcinogenic.
One of the key environmental advantages of Autogas over diesel, as well as petrol, is the near-absence of particulate matter (PM) emissions.
If you want to make an incremental change now, with a readily available transitional alternative, Autogas is the answer.
If you want to help reduce your carbon footprint, and save money at the same time, you should convert your car to LPG Autogas.
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The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free and may not be applicable in all circumstances.