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The Economics of LPG Conversion

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The Economics of LPG Conversion by Henlus(m) : 10:16 pm On Feb 04, 2014

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

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Thus, it makes perfect sense to subscribe to LPG conversion, not only for environmental purposes. New cars, since they still have years of mileage to consume, would benefit from having their engines have an LPG option. Owners of old cars that only have a few months in them may not enjoy the long-term benefits of this conversion.

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