Do You Know About LPG Vehicles?

November 15, 2015

The global automobile industry has diversified quite a lot. There are so many different forms and features that are present today that it often becomes difficult to opt for a car, even while barring yourself into a specific price range. One of such diversities in different automobiles includes the fuel they run on.

While some run on petrol, others on diesel. We have also gotten familiar with the more contemporary electric cars that use electricity to power themselves either fully or partially. But there is another source of fueling that we don’t often talk about—the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

In this article, we will brief you about LPG and how it assists a vehicle.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

LPG has a lot of different uses. One of it is to power vehicles. LPG is often referred to as autogas, especially when used for the fueling of internal combustion engines. While we don’t see much of its usage in automobiles in the west, there have been countries using LPG to run vehicles for quite a long period of time.

The core reason for using LPG gas to fuel automobiles is that it costs fairly lesser than other alternatives. Furthermore, researchers have discovered that using LPG to fuel your car not only reduces the consumption of fuel but also drops the harmful smoke emissions. However, it is not all good where LPG engines are concerned. While they reduce smoke emissions, they are found to have elevated levels of hydrocarbon emissions.

The Benefits

In addition to the fact it costs less, the usage of LPG in automobiles is also subject to far lesser taxes by many governments around the world as compared to those levied on petrol or other automotive fuels. Furthermore, they are often deemed as a far safer option than many other fueling alternatives. However, it is normally recommended to fill the tank to up to a maximum of 80%. This is because temperature changes can result in pressure changes within the tank.

 How does it work?

As you put your foot down on the throttle; the liquid LPG runs from the tank, through a pipe, into an evaporator. Here, the liquid state of the gas is converted into vapor. Since this process causes a major drop in temperature, there is an engine coolant in place that heats the pressure regulator so this regulator doesn’t freeze.

The vaporized state of LPG is then taken into a mixing unit. From here, the gas is inhaled by the engine. The mixer and converter work together to ensure that the engine takes in just the right amount of LPG. Despite the benefits, it is not commonly used in the US as it is thought to deteriorate the performance of an automobile with time, among a few other reasons.


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