If you have ever considered propane autogas conversion for your vehicle but weren’t quite sold on the benefits, it may be time to reconsider. Whether you manage a fleet or simply drive a personal vehicle, making the switch to the alternative fuel source has a lot to offer, and drivers everywhere are taking notice.
Although propane autogas, or LPG, isn’t widely used in the U.S., it’s one of the most popular fuel sources worldwide – it’s estimated that more than 27 million cars currently run on propane autogas, making it the third-most popular fuel source globally. The reason? Autogas is often more economical and environmentally friendly than gasoline and diesel.
Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why all drivers should consider making the switch to propane autogas.
1. Save on fuel costs
Fed up with high gas prices? Converting your gasoline-powered engine to run on autogas could save you 30 to 50 percent less per gallon each time you fill up, which is one of the main autogas benefits. Ultimately your savings will depend on many factors (i.e. your fill up frequency, driving habits, vehicle, etc.) but in general, autogas is a cheaper alternative than gasoline and diesel.
2. Extend your engine life
Simply put, autogas burns cleaner than gasoline and diesel. Not only will this lead to reduced greenhouse emissions (more on that later), it also helps extend the life of your engine by producing less soot and other waste deposits that contaminate engines and engine oil. Autogas users can typically expect increased engine efficiency, longer time between regular maintenance and overall less spark plug and oil changes.
3. Minimize environmental impact
If you’re looking for new ways to ‘go green,’ look no further than switching to autogas. As mentioned previously, autogas engines are far more environmentally-friendly than either gasoline or diesel. As a green alternative, autogas vehicles produce much less CO2, NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions, all of which are considered some of the most harmful in terms of the environment and human health.
4. Conversion is simple
Converting a gasoline or diesel engine to run on autogas is not as difficult as you might imagine. In fact, most engines can be converted, and the process only takes about a day or two. All that’s required is an LPG conversion kit. Just keep in mind that LPG conversion typically requires the assistance of a professional technician and has high up-front costs. However, you can expect to recoup those costs over time through fuel and maintenance savings.
5. Find LPG autogas refill stations
If you’re new to using autogas, you may not realize that there are plenty of LPG autogas refill stations around. There are probably even a few in your own town! In fact, there are more than 1,100 U-Haul centers across the country that refill alternative fuel vehicles, along with propane tanks of various sizes, with clean-burning autogas, or LPG.