Autogas is a low cost, environmentally friendly fuel for road vehicles.
LPG is obtained as a by-product of the distillation of oil from crude oil and from “wet” North Sea gas. It is produced in large quantities, a surplus of approximately 4 million tonnes per annum is currently available from the North Sea. The surplus is forecast to increase over the next 20 years.
When it is pressurised it becomes a liquid and it is in this form that it is pumped into your tank. Compared to petrol, Autogas has a higher octane rating (RON). For example, Super grade petrol is 98 octane , ordinary Lead Free petrol is 95 octane. LPG is over 100 octane.
How will my car perform?
Vehicle performance is only marginally affected by the use of LPG. The reduction in performance in LPG mode on a 1.8i 16 valve engine, for example, equates to only a slight decrease in acceleration. In real terms, it is the equivalent of carrying an additional adult passenger in the vehicle. Changes in handling characteristics are negligible.
You will be running a dual fuel vehicle, which you can move back to petrol at the flick of a switch!
How do I full up with LPG?
There are currently over 1100 LPG stations in the UK.
Filling up with LPG takes roughly the same amount of time as petrol or diesel. The tank is filled via a specially fitted intake valve next to the petrol filling point. An LPG fuelling hose clips onto each vehicles filler – no other hose will fit, removing the possibility of filling up with the wrong fuel.
Companies such as Shell, BP, Texaco, Calor Gas and Flogas offer on-site refuelling systems ideal for the needs of small or large company fleets. As with petrol and diesel, storage tanks are refilled by a road tanker.
To find out more information about LPG vehicles please go to Drive LPG. Here you can find your nearest refueling station and download sat nav files.
For vehicles which are already converted to LPG there is a central online register. This lists vehicles converted or inspected and passed by UKLPG Approved Autogas Installers. Just enter the registration number of the vehicle to find out if it has been converted by a registered UKLPG Approved Autogas Installer. If the vehicle was not originally converted by an approved installer it can be inspected by one in order to be registered.
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