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LPG Gas conversion kit for your car.
Why convert to LPG?
LPG or liquid Petroleum Gas is a cleaner burning cheaper fuel than gasoline.
It is easier and safer to mine and drill for as well, because we have an enormous amounts of it within easy mining parameters.
LPG will work on almost any make or model car with a simple LPG fitting kit.
However fitting an auto with gas requires a licensed L.P gas fitter to ensure safety issues are addressed.
The gas conversion kit consists of:
- A gas tank
- Gas lines
- A heated gas regulator, (several types depending on engine size, type of induction etc.)
- A multi way valve and wiring with switch for dashboard.
- Some hoses and clips.
- Some units are simpler than others, but little modification is required to fit gas to most vehicles.
L.P.G. Conversion kit.
The problem with petroleum.
Ever since the Alaskan oil spill in March 1989 in the pristine Prince William Sound known as the Exxon Valdez oil spill it has become apparent that something needs to be done about oil transportation and oil spills in general.
The collapse of the Deep-water Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico has demonstrated the risks of mining in the deeper ocean for oil.
To a large extent the extremes of deep drilling in ocean locations and associated risk with these locations needs to be reduced.
Gas is a much better alternative to gasoline or diesel fuel for many very valid reasons.
We have got plenty of it for starters. No dwindling reserves of gas. There is plenty to go around.
The amount of gas available in the world is astonishing just from known reserves.
These reserves do not rely on oil wells, in fact much of it comes alone.
Petroleum gas can be extracted from oil, but the difference is LPG is obtained from two other sources.
1. Gas wells.
Typically just produce gas alone. It will still need refining, and other gasses will be harvested during the process
2. Condensate wells.
This is usually called non associate gas, it may have other gases and little or no crude oil associated with it.
This gas is usually called associated gas which is either separate or dissolved in the oil.
Before being refined gas may contain ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes.
Raw natural gas contains water vapour, hydrogen sulphide (H2S), carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, and other compounds that need refining, but the process is not as involved or difficult as producing gasoline from crude oil..
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Liquid Petroleum Gas as fuel.
Let's be honest here. Gasoline is still by far the best fuel when it comes to the amount you need to carry for the miles you are going to travel. Diesel fuel could be compared favourably, but has as many if not more long term problems than petroleum or gasoline as a fuel.
Gasoline can be carried in a moulded tank, shaped to fit the car.
To maintain structural integrity gas cylinders must be round, so awkward to locate within a vehicle design or to fit afterwards.
Unlike LPG where you can only fill the tank to about 80% capacity, with petroleum you can fill to the top.
Petroleum or Gasoline has been a hard fuel to beat when it comes to cost/storage/miles travelled/engine longevity.
To convert from petrol to gas, most conversions keep the old fuel tank and use both fuels.
The kit to change over to gas is quite simple as you can see. The problem currently is that the gas tank has to have a home.
With sedans, this usually means losing boot space. Quite a lot of boot space and an obstruction to your entrance to the car if it has split seats with boot access as many sedans do.
Cost of Conversion to gas.
As you can see, there is not much to a gas conversion kit! Most governments are encouraging vehicle owners to convert to LPG and the subsidy in Australia leaves only a couple of hundred dollars to pay. The cost of installations is far too high in my opinion, and the government at least our government is getting taken to the cleaners in my view.
The tanks are still quite expensive, but the rest of it is not. Despite the kit being a reasonable and simple process, the labour cost of conversion can be reduced considerably and the conversion is simple on many vehicles, yet the cost still remains the same.
How to encourage the use of gas as fuel?
When speaking to a friend of mine today, he mentioned a scheme where he had his car converted to gas without paying for it up front. They took the cost out of a levy on his gas for 15 months which paid for the conversion in full.
This would seem to be a good way to pay for conversions, as it is affordable.
The gas is not quite as efficient as gasoline, but much cheaper. The extra levy is not noticed, as the cost of running on gas is so much cheaper.
The picture is another reminder why we need to scale down on crude oil exploration in deep water.
The shipping and general transport, mining and lower exhaust emissions, cost to motorists and future supply, LPG has few if any peers as a fuel that will work in the 600 million vehicles (and rapidly growing) in the world today.
Have you considered converting to gas?
Facts about LPG.