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What is LPG?

LPG defined

LPG is an Abbreviated term used for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. LPG is a fuel that has become an increasingly popular alternative for powering motor vehicle engines. Ford, amongst other car manufacturers, has made their Falcon range available with an LPG model. The purchaser is able to request Ford for the Falcon LPG variant which boasts, as standard, an LPG dedicated engine. This is an efficient substitute to the petrol driven alternatives present in the Falcon line-up.

Certainly, there are financial gains to be made in running a vehicle with a high cc rating on LPG; however the smaller the engine cc rating is, the smaller the margins will become between LPG and its petrol rival. In fact, the margins become a lot less clear-cut and will diminish quite rapidly because of the already fuel efficient nature of a small engine. Also, although the LPG fuel is cheaper at the pump, an engine will end up using a greater volume of LPG to function in everyday driving conditions compared with its same-sized petrol-engine variant.

LPG is made usable as a fuel for internal combustion engines by compressing volatile petroleum gases to liquid form. LPG must be kept under pressure or at low temperature to remain in a liquid form. When the LPG in a vehicle’s cylinder tank is used, it will eventually drop below a certain level of pressure and the liquid will again become gas. This is the level where the LPG cylinder needs to be refilled again so that the gas mixture will liquefy and become a usable material again for the internal combustion engine to use as a fuel source.We hope that helps answer the question ‘What is What is LPG?’!

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