Autogas is the common name for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) when it is
used as a fuel in vehicles. It is a high-octane fuel, offering performance
comparable to petrol and diesel, and many owners claim that autogas runs more
smoothly, less noisy and results in less wear and tear on engine components.
How does it work?
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LPG is recognized as a 'green' fuel, meaning that it is less damaging to the environment than other types of fuel. With LPG conversions, cars will produce fewer exhaust emissions and CO2 output is established to be around 20% less for LPG than petrol reducing the carbon footprint of the vehicle.
Autogas Vehicles are called Duel-Fueled because they have two tanks and two fuel-injection systems: One for petrol and one for Autogas. The driver can switch from one to the other while the car is running, and the latest systems will automatically switch back to petrol should you run out of gas during your journey and not be able to fill up at an Autogas Filling Facility.
3. Save, and save again:
Autogas is currently about 40% cheaper than Petrol and Diesel. Not only do you save money, but allow mother earth more breathing power with lower carbon emissions and cleaner engines. Another problem that South African fleet owners have to accommodate is employees filling private vehicles on the company's account or siphoning petrol out of the fuel tanks in small quantities - this can lead to an extra fuel expense of up to 20%. LPG can not be siphoned and therefore allows for a further reduction in fuel expenses.
4. A cleaner engine:
A conversion to LPG fuel can vastly increase the efficiency of your engine - the nature of the fuel means that there is less wear on the engine. The fuel burns cleaner, meaning there are fewer deposits left over from combustion; parts last longer, including spark plugs and oil filters. Moreover, because the fuel is less abrasive, LPG tanks are safer than petrol tanks and fuel is less likely to cause lasting damage to the fuel tanks.
5. A quiet road:
Ever had a noisy truck blaring away on the road next to you? Autogas has been proven to run more quietly, thus less noise, more hum and better efficiency.
6. It’s safe:
In the event of a fuel spill, LPG leaves no risk of ground and water contamination as it evaporates fast and easily. A powerful odorant, ethanethiol is also added so that leaks can be detected easily. Autogas, is just as safe as petrol or diesel tanks as there are a number of safety valves and solenoids within the LPG tank and conversion system, including a pressure relief valve (PRV) and excess flow valve. In the event of a fire, the PRV will allow safe venting of excess pressure into the atmosphere. If the LPG supply line were severed in an accident, the excess flow valve would activate, cutting off the fuel supply from the LPG tank.
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How does it work?
On the technical side:
Gas flows from the tank and passes through an on-off solenoid valve. This valve is closed when the car is running on petrol or when turned off. From the solenoid valve, the gas is fed to the reducer-vaporiser. In the reducer-vaporiser, the LPG is heated by the engine water which changes it from a liquid to a gas at specific (every vehicle has it’s own pressure) atmospheric pressure. It then enters a mixer unit that provides the gas to the engine according to demand.
A special opening near the vehicles’ filler opening allows you to fill at any Autogas Facility.
Make the switch:
Bulgaz offers conversions for private individuals as well as fleet owners. To determine the cost Bulgaz will require the following information.
• Make and Type of Vehicle/s
• Quantity of Petrol vehicles
• Average Kilometers per week
• Where is the Fleet Site (we need to inspect your site for autogas station position and safety)
For an easy no-hassle quote, send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll call you asap.
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The Bulgaz Way:
To give you a better idea of how we’ll go about here is a step by step guide to help you:
Provide basic details as mentioned in Make the switch section
We then provide a detailed quotation based on the data provided.
After the proposal has been accepted, we manage all logistical and administrational requirements from the import of the conversion kits to custom clearance and installation. Bulgaz provides you with detailed planning schedules and delivery commitments. An average fleet conversion (if all the information provided is correct) can be achieved within six to eight weeks from date of acceptance.
We ensure that all kits are installed and checked by qualified Autogas Technicians, either at Bulgaz Headquarters or your workshop. For Autogas Filling Stations, a site inspection will determine the best position, and given the go ahead by the relevant safety inspectors, we shall proceed to implement that to coincide with your new autogas fleet launch. For private users we have a filling station available in Cape Town, in Culemborg. Remember, your vehicle will never run out of fuel as Autogas can be switched to run on Petrol at any time.
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Calculate your savings:
To get an approximate idea of what savings one can achieve, use our online calculator below. Our qualified technicians can provide you with a detailed answer. Call us to make an appointment.
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We have taken the first step in the South African Autogas revolution by installing an Autogas Station at the foot of Table Mountain. The filling station at Culemborg (See Map Below), in Cape Town Central is open 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends and special holidays unless special arrangements are made.
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