What Is an LPG Gas Conversion?

There are plenty of people who have gotten a LPG gas conversion, but many are still wondering what the conversion is. They have heard about it in the news, from their friends and have heard the government gives a refund for the conversion, but don’t understand what it is.

What Is an LPG Gas Conversion?

A LPG gas conversion on a vehicle adds a liquefied propane tank to the boot of your car. It also includes gas lines to the engine that allow the driver to safely switch between petrol and propane gas. This gives a the owner of the vechile a lower cost in fuel expense and in certain cases, a boost in engine performance.

Even though you could use LPG gas as a sole fuel source, it isn’t recommended. If you have a problem with the gas system or not close enough to a LPG station when you run low, you won’t have the petrol as a backup option to get you to safety.

LPG for vehicles is called Autogas. It is a blend of gases and purer grade than the propane you would use in your BBQ. Since Autogas is a blend of propane and butane, your vehicle will not run off of a cylinder off BBQ gas, which is propane only.

When your vehicle undergoes a LPG conversion, it will start to save you money from the start, since LPG is generally fifty percent cheaper than other road fuels. This means you can recover the cost of the conversion in a matter of months. Even if you didn’t receive the rebate.

At LPG Auto Power we offer a great range of services for private and commercial clients in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

At LPG Auto Power we offer a great range of services for private and commercial clients in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

The Rebate From The Government

LPG Vehicle Scheme, the name of the rebate program, provides a reimbursement to buy a new private-use vehicle that has been fitted with a

LPG system before it is first registered or for a LPG fuel conversion of a private-use vehicle that has already been registered.
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/lpg-vehicle-scheme

If the brand new automobile you buy already has a LPG system installed, you can claim a $2000 refund. This includes vehicles fitted with LPG at the time of manufacture, as well as vehicles fitted with LPG after manufacture, but before its first registration.

If you convert your used vehicle to Autogas, you canclaim $1000 back from the government, if the conversion is completed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014.

This information can be found here: http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/programs/energy-fuels/lpgvs/Pages/default.aspx

With these benefits, provided by the Government and the inherent fuel cost savings of the conversion, it is easy to understand why so many people get a LPG gas conversion.

What Are Gas Conversions?

There have plenty of gas conversions in Melbourne for automobiles, but many people are still wondering what these conversions are. They have heard of them in the new, from their friends and know the government gives a refund for the conversion, but don’t quite understand what they are.

Let us have a look at the following, to see if a gas conversion is an good option for you and your vehicle.

What Are Gas Conversions?

LPG conversions for vehicles add a fuel tank to the boot of your car and gas lines to the engine. This allows the driver to switch between propane and petrol while driving along. This gives a the driver a lower cost in fuel expense and in certain cases, a boost in engine performance.

Even though it’s possible to put your car onto straight gas, it is not recommended. If you have a problem with the LPG gas or not close enough to an AutoGas station, you won’t have the petrol as a backup fuel source.

LPG for vehicles is called Autogas, which is a blend of gases unlike the propane you would be using for your BBQ. Since Autogas is a blend of propane and butane, your vehicle will not run off of a cylinder off BBQ gas, which is propane only.

Once your vehicle undergoes a LPG conversion, it will begin to save the owner money from the first day. LPG is typically at least fifty percent cheaper than other fuels and those savings can add up quickly. This means you will recover the cost of the conversion pretty quickly..

What The Government Pays

With a program known as the LPG Vehicle Scheme, the Government provides a grant to buy a new, private-use vehicle that has been fitted with a LPG system before it is first registered or for  LPG fuel conversions of vehicles that already have been registered.
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/lpg-vehicle-scheme

If the brand new auto you buy already has a LPG system installed, you can claim a $2000 refund. This includes vehicles fitted with LPG at the time of manufacture and vehicles fitted with LPG after manufacture, but before first registration.

You can claim a $1000 refund from the government if you convert your existing vehicle to LPG and it is completed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014.

This information can be found here: http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/programs/energy-fuels/lpgvs/Pages/default.aspx

With these benefits provided by the Government and the cost savings in fuel from the conversions, it is easy to see why so many people are rushing to get gas conversions in Melbourne and all around Australia.

Gas Conversions Melbourne – Questions and Answers

Q. WHERE DOES LP GAS COME FROM?

A. There are two sources of supply:
1. LP Gas can be stipped from natural gas which is a gas that has been extracted from oil/or gas fields.
2. Refinery Production

LPG Auto Power are your local Gas Conversion specialist

LPG Auto Power are your local Gas Conversion specialist

LP Gas is a by-product of petroleum refining & in Australia there is refinery production of LP Gas in all mainland states.

Q.IS LP GAS SAFE?

A. All use of LP Gas in vehicles is controlled Government regulations and National Codes. The components associated with the LP Gas fuel system are manufactured and then fitted to extremely strict standards. There is substantial practical evidence to confirm that LP Gas fuelled vehicles are as safe, if not safer than petrol fuelled vehicles. In Australia all motor mechanics must qualify for a licence with relevant authorities in each State (involving extended training) to allow them to install and /or repair LP Gas components.

Q. DOES LP GAS HAVE AN EFFECT ON ENGINE WEAR?

A. An appreciable reduction in overall engine wear is normal. This is particularly applicable during cold starting because LP Gas does not wash lubricating oil from the cylinder walls. Modern Unleaded Petrol engines are especially suitable for conversion to LP Gas.

Q. HOW IS LP GAS PRICED?

A. Internationally, LP Gas is world parity priced on a tonnage rate set by the producers and reflected by the demand and supply.

Australian production has always exceeded the local market, however as part of the international market, LP gas prices are subject to international pricing. The Australian Government have given an undertaking to continue concessions to the LP Gas industry in order to encourage the use of environmentally friendly alternative fuels. These concessions should continue to show a marked difference in the pricing between LP Gas and other fuels.

Q. WHERE CAN I GET CONVERTED?

A. LPG Auto Power will quote you the most competitive price using the highest quality equipment available. Usually the conversion will take 2-3 days to complete depending on the type of vehicle involved.

Q. WHY DO WE DO SO MANY CONVERSIONS?

A. Because we use the highest degree of engineering and follow up on our customers and their needs.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I RUN OUT OF GAS, CAN I STILL USE PETROL?

A. Yes, the original petrol system is retained. A dashboard switch allows immediate switch over

Q. IS THERE ANY LOSS IN PERFORMANCE?

A. Very slightly – up to 5% but this is rarely noticeable.