Oil price hikes have recently become very frequent. Because of this, car users have thought of several ways on how they would be able to cope with the rapid rise of oil prices. A few brilliant minds have come up with innovative ideas over the years. A popular example of such an innovation would be the electric-powered car. Some are patiently and eagerly waiting for the water-powered car, which is rumored to be only a few years away. Others, on the other hand, are currently opening up to the idea of the LPG-powered car. All these inventions sound pleasing to the ears, but what are their pros and cons?
The electric powered car has not exactly reached a heightened popularity as it demands to be recharged over and over again. (You do not want to run out of power while you’re driving in the middle of nowhere.) Electric cars has a number of advantages (reduction of consumer’s dependency on fossil fuels, the decline in Greenhouse Gas), but consumers would not be able to make use of it on an everyday basis for their convenience.
Since the water-powered car is still far into the future, the best option for those in the present is definitely the LPG car. LPG, also known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas, is a form of gasoline that is more environmental-friendly, which is commonly used on public vehicles (e.g. taxis). LPG is made of natural hydrocarbon fuels: propane and butane. One great advantage of this type of gas is that it can be stored as a liquid if compressed moderately, which can be transformed into its original gas form once pressure is relieved. This will result in the reduction of pollution.
Before I go any further, I must state the important fact that LPG cars are not bought! Whether your car is brand new or second-hand is not a factor. If you want this kind of gas to power your car, you would need to convert your car first before you are able to make full use of the convenience of LPG Fuel. Although one would need a professional mechanic to do it for you, I have listed some steps and guides that could act as your trusty reference.
Choose a tank: The very first step in an LPG conversion procedure is to choose a tank that would best fit the trunk of your car. Tanks could come in different sizes or shapes, and for as long as you get the kind of tank that would be able to cope with your driving needs, you are fit to go.
Fill-in point: This is where the refills of the LPG pass through. It should be made somewhere near the gasoline to make minimal piping an advantage. Some fuel lines have their own limitations in terms of their flexibility. So before it’s too late, be sure to match the location of the fill-in point with the location of the gas tank.
LPG/Solenoid Valve: Here is a component that should be installed. This kind of valve should be placed in a fuel line that’s in between the engine and the tank. It will help remove dirt after the engine has been used.
Regulator/Vaporizer: This part of the process is the most essential as it transforms the propane into the actual gas that makes the car go, “Vroom!”
Mixer: Its function involves controlling the amount of gas that is sent to the cylinders.
The entire collection of parts mentioned above should all be wired into the car’s electrical system. This then would make an operational switching between propane and gasoline. All of this should be well wired as well in to the gas gauge for one to be able to see the status of its tank. Also, an electronic emulator would be needed to determine the right amount of gas you’d need for your tank.
Above, I have listed the things and steps you would have to consider in performing an LPG conversion. You can try this out for yourself, but if you want to play safe, consult a professional mechanic! Be sure though to take a look at the parts and process that I’ve listed so you won’t get lost in the process.