Frequently Asked Questions
Most petrol engines including turbo charged and fuel injected engines can be converted.
Even though lpg has a lower calorific value than petrol, (you get slightly less miles per gallon), lpg costs about 50% less than petrol. This is because the tax levels are much lower for lpg than for both diesel and unleaded, so it is still a far more cost effective way to run your car. The tax break is due to government supporting evidence that lpg is a very clean burning fuel, more sustainable and better for the environment than other mainstream fuels.
Lpg is by far the most widely available environmentally friendly alternative fuel. It is non-toxic and has no impact on soil, water and underground aquifers. It also helps to improve the quality of indoor and outdoor air, as it produces substantially less particulate matter, Nitrogen oxide, Carbon monoxide, Hydrocarbons and CO2 emissions than diesel, petrol, oil, wood and coal.
LPG means Liquid Petroleum Gas. It is a combination of propane and butane molecules, along with trace amounts of other compounds. At a normal temperature, lpg is a gas. When subjected to modest pressure or cooling, it transforms into a liquid making it easy to transport and store. Lpg is a naturally occurring by-product of natural gas extraction and crude oil refining. In the past lpg was destroyed through venting or flaring, wasting the full potential of this exceptional energy source.
Modern Lpg/Autogas engine systems are designed to be safe in use, safe in repair and safe in a vehicle accident. Lpg has been used safely over the world for many decades and there are already over 200,000 lpg vehicles in the UK alone. Crash and fire tests have proved that tanks fitted to the LPGA safety guidelines make the lpg fuel system safer than petrol. This is due to the tank that the lpg is stored in being able to withstand a far greater impact. Also lpg is fully contained under pressure in solid tanks in a sealed system, conventional petrol systems are far more prone to leaks and vapour escapes.
As an LPGA / UKLPG Approved Autogas Installer all AGS customers have the assurance of a safe and satisfactory installation backed by a Quality Assurance Programme and Consumer Code.
Running your car on Autogas will not damage the engine, quite the opposite in fact, as the fuel is a gas it mixes better with air than petrol, therefore the combustion is much smoother, and also cleaner. Using Autogas reduces engine wear, oil and spark plugs will also last longer. Converting to Autogas / Lpg can increase the power and performance of your car especially if it is a turbo model. However, generally there is a small loss in performance, but so small you won’t notice it while driving.
AGS conversions are dual fuel so when the car runs out of lpg it will automatically switch to petrol. This is hardly noticeable and causes no damage to your engine. The car will normally start cold on petrol and then quickly switch over to gas when the engine is warm, it is therefore important to always have a little bit of petrol.
Most conversions put the lpg tank in the spare wheel well of the car so as not to reduce boot space. If you are unlucky enough to get a puncture we can supply fully approved tyre foam. This reflates the tyre and seals the puncture until you can get it properly repaired.
All of our lpg conversions come with a minimum 2 year warranty. We can offer extended warranties on certain conversions.
In general a vehicle that has been converted to run on lpg will have a higher resale value than a similar model that has not been converted. A good quality reliable system fitted with a certificate is a good selling point for any vehicle. Selling your vehicle with a conversion will have the advantage of lower fuel costs, reduced maintenance and the environmental benefits, making it easier and quicker to sell.
The conversion will take 2-4 days depending on the vehicle type.
It is possible to remove the lpg system from your car if you wish to do so at some point. If you would like to know more about the process and cost, please get in contact with us for more information.
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