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The lowdown on LPG

Is it safe?Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is stored in the vehicle in liquid form and contained in a substantial cylinder. Crash tests have shown that gas powered vehicles are extremely safe as LPG is more difficult to ignite than any other fuels.

To fit the new LPG storage tank and vapouriser, and set up your vehicle to run on dual fuels will take around one day.

What are the savings?
LPG on the forecourt costs slightly less than half the price of petrol. A vehicle running on LPG will return slightly fewer miles per gallon than running on petrol. Hence the cost of running a vehicle on gas will be half that than running it on petrol.

Where can I fill up?
The network of filling stations able to supply liquid petroleum gas is rapidly expanding. It currently stands at 1,100.

What are the tax benefits?
As part of EU legislation the government is reinforcing its support of clean fuel. Cars powered by a combination of petrol and gas qualify for these discounts and may in future allow for larger discounts to reduce the charge below the usual minimum of 15% of the car?s value. Road fund licence levels are currently being reduced for small engine cars and it is expected that gas powered cars? low emissions will qualify them for discount so further increasing savings.

Will the vehicle lose performance?
With a properly installed LPG conversion and correct engine tuning there will be no noticeable loss of performance when running on gas.

What about the environment?
Carbon monoxide emissions are around 80% less than petrol and 40% less than diesel. Hydrocarbon emissions are around 60% less than petrol and 50% less than diesel. Nitrous oxide emissions are around 80% less than petrol and 90% less than diesel. Particulates (PM10s) are non existent in LPG. Carbon dioxide, which contributes to smog and global warming, is lower in LPG.

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