The use of natural gas or LPG instead of gasoline or diesel brings a significant financial benefit. The fuel is much cheaper and the vehicle tax for gas-powered vehicles is lower. Even an e-vehicle can be even more expensive nowadays! Therefore, it is hardly surprising that many motorists in Germany are thinking about switching to a gas system or natural gas system. If you do not want to part with your familiar car, you can also retrofit it with a gas system or natural gas system.
Environmentally friendly alternatives
For a long time, diesel was considered the environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline. But with new insights, he has now fallen into disrepute. Its high nitrogen emissions and poor particulate matter levels threaten the environment and human health. Especially for asthma sufferers, particulate matter is a life-threatening threat. Natural gas It hardly causes particulate matter and also has lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline and diesel. In addition, natural gas cars are even slightly quieter than vehicles with conventional combustion engines. In the meantime, modern natural gas plants already meet the requirements of the EURO 6 exhaust emission standard without any exhaust aftertreatment. Even fears of not finding a tank on longer journeys are almost completely unfounded.
The network of petrol stations with natural gas tapping stations in Germany is now nationwide and, for example, by means of a mobile app also very clear. Only when traveling abroad you should inquire in advance if and where there could be problems. But also Autogas is enjoying increasing popularity among German motorists. It is usually abbreviated LPG, for the English name Liquefied Petroleum Gas (liquefied petroleum gas) available. It burns cleaner than gasoline and diesel and therefore does not lead to the formation of soot. Like natural gas, LPG also has very low levels of nitrogen oxides. Its gas station network is even denser and you can count on nationwide availability even abroad, especially in Eastern Europe. If you are often traveling outside Germany by car, you are probably better off with LPG.
Does the conversion pay off for a gas system?
The retrofitting of a gas system or natural gas system in the workshop is possible with most vehicle models. Thanks to the lower fuel prices, you have recovered the costs very soon. However, you should bear in mind when converting to LPG, that the fuel consumption increases slightly through them. Also, the space for the retrofitted gas tank is very limited in most car models. As a result, the tank is necessarily relatively small and you have to refuel more often than before. If, in spite of the dense network of filling stations, the LPG should go out, a car converted from petrol to LPG can automatically switch back to petrol mode and take you with the old fuel to the nearest petrol station. The conversion from diesel to LPG is not completely possible. Although it can be switched to the diesel blend process, which burns a mixture of both fuels, but that's not worth it in most cases. When converting to a natural gas plant, the costs are significantly higher than from gasoline to LPG. Above all, the installation of the high pressure tanks required for natural gas is very expensive and therefore expensive. But in the long run, you'll probably save more thanks to lower fuel costs.
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