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Top 5 Reasons to NOT Convert Your Car to or LPG

There’s been a lot of talk about bi-fuel cars on LPG and propane. most notably Chrysler and Lancia in Europe. but in the US as with several companies propane conversion kits. has a few advantages of gasoline, of course. It to burn more cleanly, cheaper, etc.

Still, is perfect. Like any fuel, has some draw-backs that definitely want to be aware of you “pull the trigger” and finally your car to propane. Here’s a rundown:

1. Tuning for Propane

As of you who’ve looked under a hood lately can tell cars in 2013 are rolling There are sensors, processors, connectors – a bunch of electronics, in words, and they’re all driven, and calibrated by software. That by the way, is often encrypted by the to make it difficult (if not impossible) to stuff. On top of that, all those processors, etc. were for gasoline, not LPG/propane.

What that means to would-be-propane converter, is that it wrong is far, Far, FAR than getting it right. you get it right, the rewards can be huge. is why companies like Switzer and Syvecs spend tons of and dollars developing engine solutions for flex-fuel cars – and why charge upwards of $10,000 for a conversion – which brings me to the problem.

2. Good Conversions are

The Switzer/Syvecs flex-fuel conversions I’m about should be considered ground” here, because focus on ethanol, rather propane, but did you notice that conversions are almost exclusively on $100,000 sportscars? That’s as I touched on above, getting right is expensive, and it could be before a conversion pays for


I can already hear the peanut chanting, “That’s why I’m going to an older car: fewer to mess with!”

Ill grant you that older, vehicles will be easier to yes, but they’re also As such, they may be (read: be) less reliable, parts may be to source, and it’s an objective that pretty much aspect of vehicle performance acceleration and braking to safety and efficiency has improved significantly the carburetor became a niche for guys building Pro-stock in their driveways. So, even you found that cheap conversion kit on eBay and read how awesome it was on that forum and pretty sure you’ve got it takes to convert that old to propane, it might still be before it pays for itself .

3. Range on Propane Alone

In the of this article, I talked some large-scale manufacturers bi-fuel vehicles that be run on either propane or gasoline. a solid reason for doing so: running on propane have range, compared to the volume of the stored, than cars on conventional gasoline. The main in range comes from a in heat energy per liter of (gasoline’s is better).

Of course, BTUs are only one part of the overall equation. It take into account the efficiency of a fuel, it’s etc. – all of which, if optimized, can tip the towards an alt-fuel’s favor … but not talking about building an that’s optimized for a given We’re talking about an existing engine that’s optimized for gasoline. See disadvantages no. 1 and 2, start adding up the cost of the intercoolers, injectors, etc. you’ll need to buy and tune for to the engine you’re trying to

4. No Universal Connectors

Let’s say you to convert your car to propane. done the conversion “right”. skipped the bi-fuel step, it’s impossible to optimize a hardware set for two fuels, and decided your “LPG is the fuel for t-shirt is ripe for the wearing. for you . Now, it’s time to You head to the nearest KOA campground sells propane and suddenly, realize that it was all for nothing.

Their nozzle won’t your tank.

This strictly an LPG/propane problem. In none of what you’re about here is a problem specific to propane – even cars are having this Tesla’s Supercharger system compatible with Nissan’s and maybe neither of those are with the SAE’s Combo The lack of universal connectors, etc. is an alt-fuel problem of the order, and one of the biggest obstacles any fuels will need to

5. The Tax Credit for Propane is a Joke

In the government will cover 50% of the of converting your car or truck to In practice, however, they’ll $500, which isn’t (see disadvantages 1-3, If it was enough, you’d see a bunch of conversions. It’s not. you don’t.

Here’s the actual DOE wording on the AFV Tax Credit for your perusal …

Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Tax Credit

Businesses or individuals are for an income tax credit of up to 50% of the equipment and costs for converting vehicles to using alternative fuels. alternative fuels are compressed and natural gas, liquefied gas (propane), hydrogen, electricity, and containing at least 85% ethanol, ether, or another alcohol. The credit is $500 for the conversion of with a gross vehicle rating (GVWR) of 10,000 (lbs) or less, and $1,000 for with a GVWR of more 10,000 lbs. The credit is available during the year the business or entity converts the An alternative fuel seller may not a credit for converting its own vehicles to on the alternative fuel they (Reference Montana Code 15-30-2320)

… and let me tell you, that is a example of a law about cars by and for people know less cars than I do about how to blogging into a six-figure Not much, in other words!

SO, if you positively, must convert car to propane, my advice is as follows: big money. If you don’t have big buy a Morgan. If you can’t afford a stay the f*** away eBay .

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