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: