Safe, easy, and fast. The three keys to converting to AutoGas

In Spain, more than 50,000 cars run on AutoGas or automotive LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), and that number is growing. Why? Because this fuel is more respectful of the environment, it reduces emissions, and it’s competitively priced, along with other advantages.

All AutoGas vehicles are bifuel, meaning they can run on two different fuels: gasoline and automotive LPG. There are two ways to start taking advantage of the benefits that AutoGas has to offer: buy a new car that comes with the system or take your gasoline car to one of the more than 800 shops in Spain that can convert it to a bifuel vehicle. The only requirement is that the vehicle be Euro3 or higher (normally vehicles from 2001 or later).

In this conversion process, safety is a priority. To learn more, we interviewed Ignacio Pérez, partner and commercial director of Ircongas in Getafe, a shop specialized in converting cars to bifuel. He told us that “no changes are made to the car’s engine, what happens is that the new components installed don’t interfere with the ones that are already there.” Furthermore, “All the pieces that are installed are standardized, and during installation the car goes through various safety tests.”

In the last step of the conversion, before returning the vehicle to its owner, it must “pass a final test in the vehicle safety inspection center, where it is certified that the vehicle complies with all the safety requirements,” Ignacio explains.

Ricardo Sánchez, a customer who has decided to convert his car at Ircongas, says that “looking at different ways to spend less while helping the environment led me to choose AutoGas.” At the shop they will install the automotive LPG conversion kit, a quick and simple operation, and the car will be ready in about a week.

Explore this interactive infographic to learn more about this process:

Will the conversion meet Ricardo’s expectations? We find out by talking with Victoriano Hernández, who converted his car almost two years ago. We met him at one of the more than 370 Repsol service stations in Spain that supply AutoGas. For this customer, “The main benefit of changing to AutoGas is the environment, and then there’s the economic side as well.” Victoriano explained that “Using AutoGas cuts the cost of filling up the tank almost by half, so I’ve already made back the money I invested in the conversion.”

Not only do you save on fuel, some city and regional governments are also demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable transportation by offering drivers of ECO vehicles discounts on taxes and parking. Victoriano, who lives in Madrid, receives a €100 discount on the circulation tax, and will continue to do so for the next four years. He also has a 50% discount on parking in the zones regulated by the city, according to the pricing system of the Regulated Parking Service (SER).

Having a bifuel car capable of running on both automotive LPG and gasoline gives us a range of up to 750 miles (1,200 km) without refueling. The car starts using gasoline and then automatically switches to AutoGas. It’s possible to switch between fuels manually while you drive, all you’ve got to do is “push a button,” as Victoriano explains. “The blue light is AutoGas and the yellow light indicates that we’re using gasoline.” If you run out of AutoGas, the car switches to gasoline automatically without needing to stop.

If you want to learn more about AutoGas, we invite you to learn everything Repsol has to tell you.

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