Is Autogas Right for Me?

A lot of people in Australia have converted their vehicles to run on LPG – autogas instead of petrol or diesel.

Some of the main reasons for making the change to autogas include health benefits, environmental benefits and overall lower fuel costs.

Have a read of the following to make an informed decision…

How much do You Drive?

If costs are your main concern, you should consider your annual mileage before you have a conversion done.geometry-1044090_1920

If you drive regularly, then you will find that you soon make back the cost of your conversion in the savings that you make in buying fuel.

For example, if you drive an average of 30000km per year and you had spent $2799 on your conversion (based on the example price of converting a 6-cylinder 2009-2014 Ford Falcon), then you would be able to cover the cost of your conversion within 24 months.

Once the cost of the conversion has been covered, you will start to bank savings.

Are You Concerned about Global Warming?

Vehicle emissions contribute negatively to the effects of global warming.big-data-1667184_1280

Almost all fossil fuels produce greenhouse gases when used to power a vehicle and these gases are believed to contribute to rising global temperature.

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.

Do You or Your Family have Breathing Difficulties?

Our bodies are not designed to breathe in chemicals and small particles of matter.woman-570883_1920

Air pollution is especially bad for people who are suffering from serious illnesses, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and lung cancer.

One study found that asthmatic children are 40% more likely to have an asthma attack on days when they are exposed to high levels of air pollution.

The worst part of the day for many children is the school bus ride, as they sit in traffic or stand next to buses, waiting to board.

Diesel exhaust is especially dangerous, containing nearly 40 hazardous pollutants.

Diesel contains benzene, formaldehyde, and 1,3-butadiene, of which all three are recognised carcinogens.

Fine particles can aggravate both heart and lung diseases and are responsible for premature deaths.

Diesel exhaust contains carbon particles that are extremely small in size, at less than one micron.

These fine particles may be deeply inhaled into the lung and carry with them a collection of attached hazardous compounds.

Organic compounds from diesel exhaust with known toxic and carcinogenic properties adhere to the rough surface of the carbon particles and are carried deep into the lungs

These particles are so small that they can actually get into the deepest and most sensitive parts of the lungs, with some even passing through lung tissue directly into the blood stream.

Long-term exposure to particulates can cause increased respiratory disease, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, and premature death caused by respiratory problems, cardiovascular problems, and cancer.

Whilst diesel exhaust fumes contain a high amount of fine particles and ultra-fine particles, LPG combustion produces almost no fine particles.

Testing has shown that vehicles which run off of diesel actually emit up to 120 times more fine particles than LPG cars do.

In terms of your health, this means that, with LPG, you will be releasing far fewer fine particles into the air around you.

Do You Care about Safety?

In many ways, LPG fuelled cars are safer than their petrol counterparts.baby-617411_1280

LPG fuel tanks are typically made from welded heavy gauge steel, in contrast to modern petrol tanks that are plastic.

They are much more puncture resistant and will survive much greater impacts than a typical petrol or diesel tank.

Autogas tanks are designed with an Automatic Fill Limiter (AFL) to prevent overfilling so the release of excess fuel during the refuelling process is virtually eliminated.

On the other hand, most of us have experienced petrol spills, which will puddle under your car, whilst any fugitive LPG just dissipates into the air.

Sealed passenger compartment ensure that no LPG enters the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Autogas tanks are designed to withstand even the most extreme conditions, with 20% unused volume to allow for any expansion of the LPG in hot conditions.

There are electronically controlled shut-off valves which stops the flow of gas to the engine if the engine stops for any reason or in the event of an emergency.

LPG is also less likely to catch fire than petrol as petrol (gasoline) ignites at temperatures as low as 246°C while LPG (propane) ignites at 470°C.

Final Thoughts

If you care about saving money, your family’s health or global warming, then an LPG conversion may be right for you.

Within a few days, you could be saving the planet, guarding your family’s health and spending a lot less money on fuel.

All this at the same time with almost no effort.

So, talk to a conversion expert today to get started.