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Why convert to Propane or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)?

The average person in the lower mainland has to travel over 30 min a direction each day to work; all depending on what type of vehicle you drive; you could be consuming 20-40+ dollars of fuel per day. Over time that can put a serious dent into one’s bank account; add the rising cost of fuel and it can have you thinking about other alternatives – transit, rideshare, electric. But have you ever thought about propane or compressed natural gas?

There are many reasons to convert your current vehicle to propane or CNG. Converted vehicles are similar to their gasoline counterparts with regards of power, acceleration, cruise speed and driving range; there is no need to be worried about losing any of these qualities. Also, due to the vehicles have low carbon an oil contamination may result in a longer engine life; they can last two to three times longer than gas burning engines. What many people don’t know is that propane works well with cooler temperatures because of the fuel mixture, this allows propane vehicles to avoid many cold-start issues associated with using liquid fuels.

A large focus point on propane or CNG vehicles is that they produce less soot. This means it burns cleaner than other fossil fuels in its production as its by-products are in a gaseous form. The two options release 45% less carbon dioxide than coal and 30% less than oil; therefore, having less impact on the environment. CNG and propane are also less expensive than other fossil fuels due to the Canadian supply being plentiful; allowing our dependence on foreign oil supplies to decrease. All of this means that in the long run, not only in your bank account happy, so is the environment.

But how exactly does a Propane or CNG vehicle work? The system works similar to a gas engine. The propane or natural gas pulled from the tank and is switched to a vapor if it is propane or a lower pressure gas if it CNG. The fuel is now at usable state/pressure and is then injected into the motor near the intake valve. This way eliminates the old way of fogging the engine with an air/fuel mixture, no more backfires through the intake manifold. The Propane and CNG injection systems have been around for quite a few years now and have performed very well with little to no decrease in power so that you won't even know its running on propane/CNG. Any vehicle that runs on gasoline can be converted big or small.

For the average person, propane is much more accessible than it has been in the past, making it a great choice. Compressed Natural Gas is a more designed for the consumer who as access to this resource. Are you thinking about going green, saving money and making a change? Give us a call today!

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