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The Economics of LPG Conversion



LPG conversion is not just some trend that groups of environmentally-minded individuals have been championing for years. This method of letting vehicles run on liquefied petroleum gas instead of petrol or diesel has proved to be a hit among other types of consumers.

In fact, various governments all over the world have offered subsidies to consumers who volunteer to have their cars converted from petrol to LPG. This comes as a small but welcome relief to a good number of vehicle owners who may find the cost of converting quite steep. Moreover, the cost of conversion should be seen as an investment, as a good number of benefits are in store for vehicle owners who do.

Obviously, the impact of using LPG is felt in the environment, as vehicles using LPG instead of petrol give very minimal exhausts and pollutants to the air. With the urgency of actions to save Mother Earth, the increasing use of LPG should signal a shift in more consumers wanting to adhere to alternative sources of fuel. More importantly, though the cost of converting a vehicle to using LPG from petrol may be high, the costs are recovered in the long run. This is because the cost of LPG per liter is noticeably more affordable compared to petrol.

The response from the public has been positive, and more and more garages have been offering to do the service at overly reduced costs. This should set an alarm for consumers who are practical and want to save on having their vehicle converted to LPG. They have to exercise caution, as overly affordable LPG conversion services may actually turn out to be scams by garage owners who want to earn easy money on a fast-rising trend.

With the actual costs of conversion set aside, the factor that attracts a lot of vehicle owners to turn to LPG is the savings in fuel costs in the long run that a good number of owners of LPG-run vehicles have attested to. Are the savings really noticeable or are they just minimal, only to be compensated by the good feeling of patronizing an environmentally-safe product?

On petrol, a typical car will average about 12 liters for every 100 kilometers. On gas, the figure will increase to close to 15 liters. But then, even though a vehicle would require more LPG to run, the costs multiplied per liter would still sum up to savings for LPG users in the long run. Moreover, the conversion would make more sense for vehicles with larger engines, as they consumer more fuel. If a vehicle's annual mileage is 10,000, the cost of 5.5 liters per 100 km on petrol (equivalent to 550 liters) would still be higher than the 700 liters of LPG consumed in a year.


Source by Arthur Daraskas

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