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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.

Want an LPG Conversion? Here’s how…

For all LPG conversion work in Melbourne
Call on the experts at LPG Auto Power.

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.

Offering a very comprehensive service at a competitive rate, we can provide you with expertise in LP Gas conversions and repairs for your automobile. Our helpful team can provide you with quick and reliable advice on any issues you may have and are dedicated to excellent customer service. You can count on LPG Auto Power to provide the best technical solutions every time.

If you are considering an LPG Conversion, then you may well be eligible for the LPG Vehicle Scheme grant. Please read the details below for more information.

Overview

The LPG Vehicle Scheme offers grants of $2,000 towards the purchase of a new vehicle fitted with LPG, or $1,000 for the LPG conversion of a registered vehicle.

The $2,000 grant is for new vehicles already fitted with LPG at the time of manufacture or fitted after manufacture but before first registration.

The $1,000 grant is available for the LPG conversion of registered vehicles.

The scheme is capped at 25,000 eligible claims paid in a year (1 July to 30 June) for the duration of the scheme to 30 June 2014.

By converting to LPG, generally there is a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from your car. The outcome depends on a range of factors including the type of LPG system fitted, the age and model of the car.

Key eligibility

To be eligible for a grant, you must:

  • have converted a registered vehicle to LPG; or
  • have purchased a new LPG vehicle
  • have the vehicle registered for private or family use
  • have a vehicle less than 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) in weight
  • have the vehicle registered in your name and the LPG conversion completed when you lodge your application
  • lodge an application within 12 months from the date of LPG conversion or purchase of a new LPG vehicle.

If you converted a registered vehicle to LPG, your application form must include copies of:

  • vehicle registration papers that show you were the registered owner at the time of conversion; or
  • vehicle registration papers that show you are now the registered owner of the vehicle if you purchased the vehicle and then had the LPG conversion done before the registration was transferred to your name
    • you must also provide proof that your purchased the vehicle before the date of the LGP conversion
  • documents that prove you’ve paid for the parts and installation of the LPG conversion
  • documents that prove your identity, for example your current driver’s licence.

If you purchased a new vehicle fitted with LPG before first registration, your application form must include copies of:

  • vehicle registration papers showing you are the registered owner
  • documents that prove that you’ve paid for the vehicle, for example a contract of sale
  • a tax invoice in your name for the LPG conversion for all parts and installation costs if the conversion was not included in the purchase price of the vehicle
  • documents that prove your identity, for example your current driver’s licence.

You can only apply for one grant every 3 or more years. However, this requirement can be waived under special circumstances.

A number of other conditions apply. Check your eligibility on the Australian Government’s AusIndustry website.

Items covered

The LPG Vehicle Scheme provides assistance for:

  • the LPG conversion of a registered motor vehicle
  • the purchase or conversion of a new LPG motor vehicle.

The grants are available for eligible petrol or diesel motor vehicles.

A number of conditions apply. Check the customer guidelines on the AusIndustry website.

Next steps

Make sure you understand the full program information on the AusIndustry website.

For more information, you can also ring the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

LPG Vehicle Scheme

www.ausindustry.gov.au/programs/energy-fuels/lpgvs/Pages/default.aspx