The LPG Autogas systems in today’s modern vehicle are designed to be very safe. They are safe in use, safe to repair and safe in a vehicle accident situation. The true testimonial for Autogas safety is the cost of insurance. It costs no more to insure an LPG car than a petrol car. Insurance companies are experts in risk assessment. If LPG cars were more dangerous, you can be certain the insurance companies would be charging more to insure them.
Here are a list of the safety and design considerations that make LPG the safer option:
• Heavy gauge welded steel tanks
• 20 G impact durability
• Automatic overfill protection to assure proper filling
• Pressure relief valves maintain safe tank pressure at all times
• Automatic shut-off systems in the event of engine stoppage or excess flow emergencies
• Back-check valves to prevent backflow when filling
• Sealed passenger compartment
• Safety odourised gas for easy leak detection
• Inherently lower flammability than petrol
• Strict Australian LPG Autogas safety standards in AS 1425
• Trained and Authorised Technicians
• Installation compliance certification
The dirty black smoke that we see coming from diesel vehicles is ambient particulate matter and a recognised carcinogen. With an LPG Autogas equivalent, emissions of this particulate matter would be cut by up to 80%. Furthermore, Autogas by-products are 15% less polluting than tradtional petrol vehicles.
Using Autogas creates appreciably less carbon dioxide (CO2) than unleaded petrol. CO2 is the most significant of the greenhouse gases, causing long-term climate change. Overall tailpipe emissions can be improved by as much as 15 per cent, using LPG Autogas instead of petrol.
You save money with LPG Autogas. Autogas can be purchased for around 2/3 the cost of unleaded petrol. Retail Autogas prices move in a similar manner to petrol prices. Price fluctuations reflect the highly competitive nature of the industry, with retailers discounting product in times of low demand.
Additional costs are incurred when transporting Autogas from coastal terminals to outlets in regional inland areas. In addition, smaller volumes are transported to regional areas less frequently than in metro areas, and are reflected in the price per litre. This transport premium could be as much as five times the amount to transport the same volume of petrol to the same regional outlet.
There are a variety of different kit and tank types that will suit most makes and models of vehicles. Most petrol powered vehicles can be converted.
While some systems have a slight increase in fuel consumption, this is more than offset by the lower price of Autogas, as compared to petrol.
No. Autogas is a cleaner burning fuel that doesn’t contain acids or leave behind carbon deposits. It can, in fact, increase the life of the engine.
Not only will your engine be in better condition, as Autogas reduces engine wear and tear, there are also an increasing number of motorists attracted by the money saving benefits of Autogas. Therefore, converting could actually increase the value of your vehicle.
Yes. LPG has been used safely in Australia for decades. The Australian standards for LPG equipment, appliances, installation, storage and handling are amongst the world’s best. Virtually every aspect of the LPG industry is covered by an Australian Standard and may also by covered by additional State regulations.
Your vehicle warranty is not voided by the installation of an LPG system. However, the vehicle manufacturer will not warrant the LPG system (unless fitted or endorsed by them) and the manufacturer may not warrant anything that is affected by having the LPG system fitted or running the vehicle on LPG. These items are covered by the LPG system supplier and installer. Extended warranty products are also available to cover the vehicle for longer periods. Please check with your installer for your warranty options.
It can be. There are two different grades or blends of LPG and they are not interchangeable. LPG Autogas that is a mixture of Propane and Butane is for automotive use only. Australian BBQs are designed to run on pure Propane only.
Both processes begin by drilling oil wells. The gas/oil mixture is piped out of the well and into a gas trap, which separates the stream into crude oil and “wet” gas, which contains natural gasoline, LPG and natural gas. The heavier crude oil sinks to the bottom of the trap and is then pumped into an oil storage tank for refining. Crude oil undergoes a variety of refining processes, including catalytic cracking, crude distillation, and others. One of the refined products is LPG. The “wet” gas, off the top of the gas trap, is processed to separate the gasoline (petrol) from the natural gas and LPG. The natural gas, which is mostly methane, is piped to towns and cities for distribution by gas utility companies. The petrol is shipped to service stations.
Dr. Walter Snelling invented Liquified Petroleum Gases (LPG) in 1910 after being informed about the evaporation of nearly half a Model T Ford’s gasoline between the time of filling up and arriving home. After some clever testing, Snelling discovered the evapotaring gases were just as useful and created a method of extracting the gases. Snelling discovered a large part of liquid gasoline was actually composed of LPG, including propane, butane, and other hydrocarbons. He began experimenting with these gases to find ways to control and capture them. Snelling soon realised that the LPG could be used for lighting, metal cutting, and cooking. That discovery marked the origin of the LPG industry.