ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE CONVERSION
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion
With a few modifications to the engine, virtually any gasoline engine can be converted to run on LPG. Vehicles can be equipped to operate solely on LPG (dedicated conversion) or to switch between LPG and gasoline (dual-fuel conversion). The "under hood" components of the LPG system are almost indistinguishable from the factory components under the hood.
LPG tanks fit compactly into car trunks, or in some cases where the gasoline tank has been removed, the tank(s) can be mounted where the gasoline tanks were previously mounted. In trucks and vans, LPG tanks can be installed inside the cargo bed or under the vehicle. LPG tanks are tested to a minimum 4 times normal operating pressures and are 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks.
Like gasoline, LPG is flammable but has a much narrower range of flammability. LPG has a much higher ignition temperature of 920-1020 degrees vs. 80-300 degrees for gasoline. LPG will only burn with an air-fuel ratio of between 2.2% and 9.6% and will rapidly dissipate beyond its flammability range in the open atmosphere, making ignition less likely.
Propane is the leader in automotive alternative fuels and powers more than 4 million vehicles in more than 38 countries. The U.S. Department of Energy projects that propane will be the leading alternative vehicle fuel in the 21st century. Local government and private sector fleets will soon be required to purchase alternative-fueled cars and trucks in an effort to reduce harmful emissions from fossil fuels - the leading source of air pollution in the United States.
Tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that propane vehicles can produce 30 percent to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and about 50 percent fewer toxins and other smog-producing emissions than gasoline engines.
Propane costs in fleets typically range from 5 percent to 30 percent less than those of gasoline. The smaller size of propane tanks relative to CNG tanks results in valuable added capacity and lighter weight loads, which translate directly to savings for fleet managers.
The start-up costs of a propane fleet can be offset by lower operating and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the vehicles. Usual savings after converting a fleet to propane, range from 20-40% less than gasoline-operated fleets. It is the most cost-effective alternative transportation fuel when capital costs, operation and maintenance costs are all taken into consideration. Typically, fleet vehicles travel long distances, having a high fuel consumption, the savings can be very reasonable.
Since 90% of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically, the price of propane remains more stable and less susceptible to rising prices due to speculators and our dependenc on foreign oil. And with the larget storage capacity in the world, the United States' supply is abundant. You may also notice lowered maintenance costs since LPG leaves less residual deposits in the engine, reducing wear and tear on engine parts. You will also find savings as your oil stays cleaner, requiring less-frequent changes, saving you time, money, oil and oil filters! Click here to interact with our Savings Calculator.
State and Federal agencies have implemented tax credits for certain qualified vehicle conversions. Because these incentives and tax credits are apt to change, we are providing links below for you to visit and retrieve the most updated information from these agencies:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - Oklahoma Incentives and Laws
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Conversion costs vary according to vehicle type.
Typical vehicle conversion turnaround time will be one week from the time you deliver your vehicle to our shop.
Senator Coates is Traveling Ambassador for Propane
Yes, that's Oklahoma State Senator Harry Coates shaking the hand of Ken Green, owner of Oklahoma Liquefied Gas, as Coates picks up his newly converted 2006 model Ford F-150 which was converted to run on a bi-fuel system (from Technocarb Abbotsford, B.C.).
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