What is LPG/AutoGas? What advantages does it have? Frequent questions

What is LPG / AutoGas?

Liquefied petroleum gas, also known as LPG or AutoGas, is a mixture of gases present in natural gas or dissolved in oil. The gaseous components at room temperature of LPG – propane and butane – are easy to liquify and hence their name.

LPG / AutoGas is the fuel for a new sustainable mobility. Using LPG / AutoGas you contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases and the improvement of urban air quality. In Europe there are more than 15 million LPG / AutoGas vehicles.

LPG cars are bifuel, that is, they run on gas and gasoline or diesel. In the case of gasoline engines, if the LPG tank runs out, the system switches manually or automatically to gasoline mode without the driver perceiving it, except for an indicator light. In the case of diesel tanks, the electronic system makes the fuels mix in the proper proportions.

At BeGaS we guarantee that all our products comply with the R67 regulation for LPG and the current regulation R115 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding the approval of specific adaptation systems for LPG intended to be installed in motor vehicles for use in its propulsion system. Clic here to see our solutions to convert a vehicle to LPG / AutoGas.

Advantages of LPG / AutoGas engines

  • Cheaper than petrol: the cost per liter, both in Spain and in Europe, is 50% less than that of gasoline or diesel. As consumption increases around 10% – due to the difference in densities – the net economic saving is between 40 to 45%.
  • Its incorporation into the mechanics does not imply a major modification of the engine.
  • 68% reduction in NOx emissions and 15% CO2 if compared to gasoline and 99% particles, 96% NOx, 50% noise level and 10% CO2 if compared in diesel or biodiesel.
  • Greater autonomy: the vehicles adapted to LPG multiplies its autonomy by two by installing a second tank. Gasoline remains unchanged and the driver can use both fuels interchangeably. The average autonomy of a vehicle with LPG is 500 or 600 kilometers, double if we also use the gasoline tank.
  • Extensive supply network in Spain. Repsol is betting heavily on this fuel and its forecast is to create 100 new supply points a year.
  • LPG vehicles are cataloged with a green “ECO vehicle” label – just like the electric one – to allow their circulation in restricted urban areas. They also benefit from discounts on road and registration taxes.
  • LPG obeys all the regulations required for the rest of fuels. Its dangerousness does not go beyond other flammable fuels.

Disadvantages of LPG / AutoGas engines

  • Loss of the spare wheel or part of the trunk, since it is usually the place where the new tank is placed. BeGas can offer you an anti-puncture kit (pump and sealant).
  • Loss of warranty by the Brand, regarding mechanical breakdowns.

How much does it cost to convert a gasoline engine into one of LPG / Autogas?

This change has a cost that ranges from 1,000 euros for a basic installation a little more than double for a more attractive and compact one. We also offer financing options. Click here to get more information about the transformation of gasoline vehicles.

Can I make my diesel engine into a LPG / AutoGas?

Today the conversion is only available for gasoline cars. TSI, TFI, TSFI engines or cars classified as Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 can also be converted into LPG.

Is the LPG / AutoGas system reliable?

Yes, it is already a mature technology. They provide less costly overall maintenance: Automotive gas powered vehicles double engine life due to less wear on cylinder and engine segments. Gas is cleaner, leaves fewer carbonaceous deposits on combustion, and allows engine oil to stay clean longer. The BeGas system uses liquefied gas to provide lubrication to the combustion chamber and prevent premature valve wear produced by other non-liquid LPG systems.

Is the LGP system/AutoGas dangerous?

No. There is the same risk with a traditional gas tank. We recomend a periodical revision every 30.000 Km.

Where can I refuel?

Refueling is carried out at a conventional gas station using a procedure similar to that of gasoline. The dispenser incorporates a safety button that must be pressed continuously while refueling lasts. Click here to check the network of Spanish gas stations that distribute this fuel.

What documents should a gas injection system have?

With all gas injection systems, a document is issued describing all the system data, number and manufacturing date of the tank, who and when the system was installed and a valid ITV revision. All this is processed by BeGas for the comfort of our customers (optional ITV service).

How can I find out how much fuel I have in the gas tank?

Each LPG system displays fuel availability via LEDs integrated into the LPG / Petrol switch.

What maintenance does the BeGas LPG gas injection system have?/h2>
The inspections must be carried out every 30,000 km. Filters are changed, a tightness test and a comprehensive system review are performed. It doesn´t take more than 2 hours.

What guarantee does the BeGas GLP system offer me?

The warranty period is 2 years or 150,000Km – whichever comes first always under warranty conditions-.

What vehicles are adaptable?

Adaptable gasoline vehicles are those that comply with the approval of EURO 3, EURO 4, EURO 5 or EURO 6; that is, all vehicles registered as of January 1, 2001. It is possible that your vehicle complies with EURO 3 regulations and has been registered before this date. If you have a gasoline car, click here to request information and a quote. If you have a diesel bus or truck, click here.