Categoria FAQ: LPG

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What’s LPGfuel?

LPG is the international acronym for liquefied petroleum gas. It is a crude refining product and a natural gas coming from the oilfields.
It has a complex composition but it is mainly made up by propane and butane.

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Which are the characteristics of LPG vehicles supply?

LPG gives vehicles excellent performances in terms of power, flexibility and engine good working, as well as it maintains the same engine oil properties for longer.

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How many LPG supplied vehicles are used in italy?

In italy 3,420,776 vehicles supplied by alternative fuels and propulsions are travelling, of which 2,309,020 (5,99%) have petrol-gpl bi-fuel engine. All bi-fuel vehicles are 8,88% of national car fleet (information provided by consorzio ecogas study centre)

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Which are the environmental benefits?

In case of petrol and gas oil vehicles, it is widely accepted that the main polluting elements are carbon oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulates (microscopic particles containing a chemical elements mix – just for diesel oil engine), which still are a big problem to resolve.
LPG has carbon and nitrogen oxides emissions much lower than the petrol engine ones and pollutes roughly a 90% less than any diesel oil vehicle for what concerns nitrogen oxides and particulates.
With LPG systems, co2 (carbon dioxide) emissions are reduced by 10%.

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How much can I save with a LPG system?

Assumed that 1 litre of LPG costs 50% less than 1 litre of petrol and lpg consumptions are about 20% more than petrol ones, it can be said that with a LPG converted vehicle you can have about 40% fuel savings compared to original petrol supply.

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How much does LPG cost approximately?

LPG supplied by filling stations is measured in litres.
1 litre of LPG costs approximately 50% less than 1 litre of petrol.
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How does consumption change using LPG?

It is in the nature of LPG to have a specific energy lower than the petrol one; consumption is approximately 20% increased.

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What is the range of LPG vehicles?

This should be calculated on a case-by-case basis, starting from the dimension of tank, that is subject to 80% filling limitation for safety reasons, as per law requirements. By way of example, a 60 l tank can effectively stock 48 l of LPG. Assuming to average 10 km to the LPG litre (roughly equivalent to 12 km per petrol litre), the range should be at around 480 km.

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Why can the vehicle range change from a filling to another?

Different driving conditions and, sometimes, different lpg chemical composition can influence consumptions very much. It is therefore important to compare consumptions all conditions being equal.

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How to refuel the LPG vehicle and how long does it take?

A LPG vehicle is filled by connecting the suitable nozzle to the car filling inlet, which is different for some countries.
Before moving to a foreign country, check if your refuelling point is the right one or buy the suitable adapter.
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Where can I refuel a LPG vehicle?

Distribution network has today more than 4.000 lpg stations in italy and approximately 8.700 lpg stations in 11 european countries.
For further information, download the app brc

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Does the LPG system really damage the engine?

LPG system does not damage the right engine operation at all.

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Which vehicles can be converted to LPG?

Brc gas equipment provides approved LPG supply systems consistent with most of todays’ car engines on the market, so that you can convert to lpg almost all petrol vehicles (both the carburettor and the injection or supercharged ones) without incurring any technical problem.
Ask anyway a brc installer for checking in details your engine and providing more specific information.

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How long does the LPG conversion take?

It depends on the kind of system and the installer labour organisation. On average, the conversion takes a couple of days.

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How big is the power loss of a LPG converted engine?

In case of the most advanced systems (BRC sequent sequential multipoint gas injection), the difference in performances driving the car is imperceptible (approx 2-3 % power loss).

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Despite the LPG saving and eco-friendly aspects, is the car boot space reduced?

Two kinds of LPG tank can be installed on a car: ring-shaped or cylindrical. The first one is usually installed into the spare wheel compartment (inside or outside the vehicle) so that luggage capacity is not affected. On the contrary, the cylindrical tank is usually installed into the car boot so that space for luggage is partially reduced according to the tank dimensions.

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Do the LPG systems need a specific maintenance?

LPG systems do not need any specific maintenance. Following the instructions indicated by the use and maintenance booklet of the system is suggested. In italy, lpg tank must be replaced after 10 years from its final test. Please check the related laws in force in your country.

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Can I park the LPG car anywhere?

In italy, LPG vehicles can be parked in the above-ground lots and in the first basement of underground multi-level garages, thanks to the safety level achieved by modern conversion systems and required by regulation ece/onu 67-01 and lgs. Decree nov 22th 2002 of ministry of interior. Please check the related laws in force in your country.

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What level of safety have the brc gas systems reached?

All Brc products are the result of years of research, experimentation and development processes. The quality insurance and management system specifically planned and applied assures the compliance of manufacturing processes to regulations uni en iso 9001:2000 and iso ts 16949:2009.
Gas systems complies with european and national laws in force (r67-01, r110, dgm, …) As well as ce regulations and norms concerning polluting emissions (euro iii, euroiv, eurov and eurovi) and electromagnetic compatibility.

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Can I use LPG vehicles in case of traffic restrictions?

Thanks to the very low polluting emissions, LPG vehicles can move freely into the historical centres during traffic restriction periods too, except for different indications.

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How much does it cost on average to convert a car from petrol to petrol-LPG bi-fuel supply?

The LPG conversion cost depends on many factors, such as the vehicle original supply (injection, direct injection), the kind of tank or equipment installed (traditional, timed injection), and so on.
Ask Brc gas service installers for the most suitable system for your car.
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Can I benefit from economic incentives in case of conversion?

Periodically some economic measures are aimed at facilitating the lpg vehicles users. Visit the following links for more detailed information about incentives currently in force
www.ecogas.it,
assogasliquidi.federchimica.it

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Where can I convert my car to LPG?

In one of about 600 installers who are members of the BRC Gas Service network