A Brief Introduction to LPG
Nov 01 2018 Read 489 Times
LPG is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional fuel sources. In our 6-part series, we’ve looked at where the fuel comes from, how vehicles use it and the various benefits. This post, the final in our LPG series, will give you a complete overview of everything you need to know about LPG.
Where does LPG come from?
LPG is a by-product of the processing of natural gas liquids and the refining of crude oil. So, every time we remove natural gas and oil from the earth, LPG is removed too. Traditionally, the mixture of liquids and gases found in natural gas was burnt-off and wasted. Only recently have we started to recognise the immense energy potential of the low-carbon fuel.
How do you convert a vehicle to LPG?
The conversion process is relatively simple. For you, that is. Finding a trusted, approved installer is the first step. Then, simply hand over your vehicle and a few days later the job will be done.
A secondary fuel tank is installed into your car, usually in the spare tyre section of your boot, that is hooked up to your engine. When done properly, your vehicle will be able to switch seamlessly from LPG to petrol, as and when you need.
The installation can be a relatively hefty investment. But with the savings on fuel, you will make the money back, and make even more on your initial investment.
Does LPG benefit the environment?
Running your car on LPG can reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 20%, drastically reducing your carbon footprint. LPG also doesn’t release any particulate emissions, so you won’t experience any unsightly and damaging exhaust fumes, no matter the age of your vehicle.
LPG is also non-toxic, non-corrosive, free of tetraethyl lead and runs on a sealed fuel system, eliminating any chance of leaks.
Will you save money using LPG?
As seen in data from the RAC, the average unleaded petrol cost this month was a staggering 131.23 ppl, compared to just 69.9 ppl for LPG. So, not only will you be helping to save the environment, but you will be halving your fuel costs each week, too.
Who else is using LPG?
Surprisingly, considering the vast benefits, only 1% of British road users are fuelling their vehicles with LPG. This is primarily down to a lack of knowledge and awareness of the advantages of choosing a greener fuel.
Partly responsible for the absence of education is the lack of government incentives for choosing LPG. Those opting for the eco-friendlier option are only saving up to £10 a year on road tax and aren’t rewarded with the same level of benefits as those with electric or hybrid vehicles.
Whether you want to save money on your daily commute, or you’re worried about how climate change is impacting our environment, LPG could be the solution for you. Want to know more? Be sure to read our article on the quantification of heavy residues in LPG by gas chromatography.
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