Frequently Asked Questions

How much will I save?

Why is LPG so much cheaper than petrol?

How much does a conversion cost?

Which vehicles are suitable for LPG conversion?

Can anyone install a LPG system?

What about the vehicle warranty?

What about the LPG System warranty?

How much space does the tank take up?

If I convert my vehicle to LPG can I still drive on petrol?

What is LPG and where does it come from?

Why is LPG also referred to as Autogas?

How safe is LPG?

What happens if an LPG vehicle is involved in an accident?

Why should I convert my vehicle to LPG?

Availability of LPG throughout Australia?

How environmentally friendly is LPG?

What is the Government Grant / Rebate Scheme?

What is better. Vapour Injection or Mixer/Venturi System?

Liquid Injection or Vapour Injection System?

Will converting to LPG affect the engine performance?

Will I have to pay more to service a LPG vehicle?

 

How much will I save?

Use our Cost Savings Calculator on our home page to get an estimate of your fuel costs savings after you convert to LPG.

 

Why is LPG so much cheaper than petrol?

There is an abundance of supply of LPG in Australia, and at this stage there is only 12.5 cents per litre excise tax applied by the government.

 

How much does a conversion cost?

A Sprint Gas preferred LPG Installer would be happy to give you a cost estimate. Systems range in price from about $2,200 to $4,500 installed, depending on the type of vehicle, type of system and additional options.

Call us on 1300 777 468 and will can organise a quote to convert your car with a quality Sprint Gas system by an installer near you.

 

Which vehicles are suitable for LPG conversion?

In general all petrol fueled vehicles can be adapted to run on LPG. There are a few exceptions but the majority of vehicles built 1990+ are best suited to conversion.
All vehicles retain their petrol system so that there is a choice of which fuel to use.

 

Can anyone install a LPG system?

No. LPG conversion systems must be installed by a licensed LPG installer.

Sprint Gas supply LPG conversion systems to an Australia-wide network of experienced and licenced installers.  Call us on 1300 777 468 and we can organise a quote to have you car converted by one of them.

 

What about the vehicle warranty?

The vehicle manufacturer will not warrant the LPG system (unless it is an OEM Fitted System), and they will not warrant any components that is affected by having the LPG system fitted or running the vehicle on LPG. Please check with your vehicle dealer or manufacturer.

 

What about the LPG System warranty?

Warranty commences on the date of installation of the AutoGAS system on the vehicle. The Warranty Period for brand new vehicles (less than 5,000km) is 3 years (36 months) or 100,000km, whichever occurs first. For used vehicles that have travelled 5,000km or more at the date of installation, the Warranty Period is 2 years (24 months) or 50,000km, whichever occur first. The Warranty Period for new and used vehicles extends to any change of ownership.

 

How much space does the tank take up?

Traditionally the LPG cylinder is fitted under the parcel shelf. In some vehicles a donut shaped tank can be fitted in the spare wheel well. An external donut shaped tank is available for mounting underneath some vehicles.

 

If I convert my vehicle to LPG can I still drive on petrol?

Yes.

Plus by operating a dual fuel system you'll almost double the kilometre range available to you.

The petrol tank still remains in the car and the driver can switch from gas to petrol, or vice-versa.

 

What is LPG and where does it come from?

LPG - Liquefied Petroleum Gas (also known as Autogas) - is a hydrocarbon fuel made up predominantly from propane and butane.

LPG is non-toxic, non-corrosive, low-polluting, free of lead and is in abundant supply. Australia is a net exporter of LPG - supply estimates are well in excess of 20* years national demand, and potentially more than 50 years.

40% of LPG comes from the refining of crude oil and 60% straight from field production. At atmospheric pressure it is a vapour and it can be liquefied under modest pressure.

*Source: ABS - Energy Account Australia, 2011-12

 

Why is LPG also referred to as Autogas?

LPG and Autogas are just two different names for the same thing - Liquified Petroleum Gas - used as a fuel for vehicles.

Autogas is the terminoligy used mainly within the automotive industry - but is also now being promoted by fuel companies publicly through advertising and signage as the automotive version of LPG.

 

How safe is LPG?

All LP Gas operated vehicles in Australia have been converted to a National Standard that is recognised as being one of the strictest and safest LP Gas codes in the world. There is substantial evidence to show that an LP Gas powered vehicle is as safe, if not safer, than any other fuel available on the market today. This is reflected by the fact that no extra insurance premiums are imposed on straight gas or dual fuel applications.

 

What happens if an LPG vehicle is involved in an accident?

No additional risk!

You can have peace of mind that all LPG tanks are rigorously tested and all are considerably stronger than conventional fuel tanks.

Australia has stringent safety standards for Autogas vehicles and by selecting a reputable equipment manufacturer and installer you are can have peace of mind.

 

Why should I convert my vehicle to LPG?

The reasons are varied; however, they can be generally be consolidated into three main categories -

Safety, Economics and Environmental.

It is easy to see the benefits of LP Gas

 

Availability of LPG throughout Australia?

Australia has the highest number of LP Gas filling stations in the world based on a per capita basis. With in excess of 3,500 refuelling sites it is possible to circumnavigate Australia operating exclusively on LP Gas. Over half of these sites are located in rural locations.

 

How environmentally friendly is LPG?

When a vehicle has an LP Gas system correctly installed, tuned and maintained the vehicles impact on the environment is that it emits lower greenhouse emissions, less smog forming carcinogenic pollutants and particulates. LP Gas greatly reduces the damaging impact on human health and the environment. LP Gas is safe, viable and clean.

 

What is the Government Grant / Rebate Scheme?

The LPG Vehicle Scheme closed on 30th June 2014

This means that applicants must have completed LPG conversions or purchased new vehicles with LPG prior to first registration on or before 30 June 2014.
All applications must be received by 30 September 2014.

To be eligible the vehicle must be for private use (not for commercial or business use) and:
Be a passenger or light commercial vehicle weighing less than 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass
Be registered in the state of residence of the claimant
Must not be subject to a novated lease or salary sacrifice
And will only be available for one conversion per person every three years
You will need to pay for the purchase or conversion first and then claim back the grant from either a Centrelink or Medicare office.
You must lodge your application within 12 months of the date of invoice for your new vehicle or vehicle conversion in order to receive the grant.
Application forms are available from Centrelink and Medicare locations and via the AusIndustry web site.

The LPG Vehicle Scheme will provide grants for conversions of private use vehicles at the following rates:

  • $1,500 for conversions from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011;
  • $1,250 for conversions from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012;
  • $1,000 for conversions from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014.

 

What is better. Vapour Injection or Mixer/Venturi System?

Mixer / Venturi systems have been around since the inception of LPG conversions, and are fitted mostly to pre-2001 model vehicles with either carburetor or EFI.
The mixer system mixes LPG vapour and air, generally at the throttle body or induction hose on EFI vehicles, or on top of the carburettor for older vehicles. This system is the cheaper of the two types.

Sequential Vapour Injection Systems introduce the LPG vapour directly into the manifold, and can as such make the most use of the advanced intake manifold designs. This is just one of the reasons why SVI LPG Systems have minimal power loss of the when compared to the vehicle running on petrol.

When driving a vehicle with a Sequential Vapour Injection system it is almost impossible to detect which fuel is being used. The general feel is that the car drives "smoother".

 

Liquid Injection or Vapour Injection System?

Liquid injection technology is relatively new in the Australian market. A liquid injection system injects the LPG into the inlet manifold as a liquid. When the liquid enters the inlet manifold it vaporises, cooling the intake air giving some performance benefits.

Vapour Injection Systems have been installed on Australian vehicles for many years and have been trialed, tested and improved for Australian road conditions over a long period of time. Australia wide, most LPG installers will have the required equipment to service a vehicle with a Vapour Injection System.

 

Will converting to LPG affect the engine's performance?

The power output of engines with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) is, when converted to run on LPG, usually only slightly lower than on petrol.

The fuel economy of LPG-powered vehicles depends on a range of factors but on average, late model vehicles running on LPG use approximately 25 percent more fuel than petrol-powered equivalents. This is more than offset by the much lower cost of LPG.  You can use our Cost Savings Calculator on our home page to see an estimate on how much you could save.

 

Will I have to pay more to service a LPG vehicle?

Please consult your LPG installer regarding service work that may be required on your LPG system. As per your normal vehicle service at regular intervals, it is advised to have the LPG system serviced as well.

Helping to off-set any extra service cost, Autogas reduces engine wear, enhancing the reliability of LPG-powered motor vehicles. There are several reasons for this:

  • In cold starting the vehicle does not require a choke cycle to warm up.
  • In addition Autogas does not wash the protective lubricant from cylinder walls.
  • Autogas significantly reduces the build-up of carbon on internal engine components, reducing engine wear.

For optimal Performance, Economy and Reliability of your LPG System, the vehicles electrical ignition system should be maintained to a good standard.

For further information refer to: http://www.lpgautogas.com.au/.