PROPANE & ALTERNATIVE FUELS

Propane Conversions

Is paying for gas emptying your wallet?

Stop the Pain. Go Propane!

Table above based on average city/hwy driving using $1.25 for a litre of gasoline and $.58 for a litre of propane. Individual results may vary.

Benefits of LPG

Firstly, there is the benefit of lower operating costs for vehicles running on LPG compared to vehicles running on gasoline. LPG costs about 50% less compared to gasoline so it is possible to recover the cost of the system quickly and then start saving money. Secondly, but as important are the benefits to the environment. 

Propane is the most cost-effective alternative fuel option available. Propane provides modest combustion benefits and significant upstream benefits of over 60%, compared to conventional gasoline vehicles. Overall, propane provides climate change emissions reductions of approximately 30% relative to gasoline vehicles. Source: California Air Resources Board 

Propane-fueled vehicles emit significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter than gasoline-fueled vehicles. Well-to-Wheels GHG performance for propane is about 22% better than gasoline and 4.5% better than diesel (without the particulate emissions) when used in internal combustion engines. Source: Environment Canada. 

Below are examples of some fleets already saving on fuel costs and saving our planet:

Canada Post

Stemmler's Meat

Sundance Balloons

Van Houtte Coffee

Royce Ayr Cutting Tools Inc.


FAQs

How Does LPG Work?

The installation of an alternative fuel system will not affect the vehicles ability to run on gasoline. The driver may decide at any time to change fuels by simply pressing the change over button on the dashboard.

It is easy to use a Landi LPG system because today's Landi plus systems ensure that the vehicle always starts on gasoline, and then automatically switches to LPG after a short preset time, then optimal running parameters have been met.

How Do I Refuel with LPG?

Refueling is done by connecting a dedicated refueling nozzle onto the vehicle’s LPG refueling fill valve. As a safety precaution, your LPG motor fuel tank is equipped with an 80% stop-fill device to prevent accidental over filling.

What's the fuel distance of a vehicle on LPG?

The fuel distance of a car or truck that runs on LPG depends on the size of tank that is installed during its conversion. It is always good to discuss this with your qualified technician as the type of tank can be chosen according to the use of the vehicle. Greater priority can be given to either load capacity or fuel distance. With today's assortment of tanks and sizes, capacity is usually not a concern.

Which vehicles can be converted to Propane?

Although any engine that runs on gasoline can be converted to run on propane, the greatest benefits are realized on newer high mileage vehicles that can fully utilize the features of the Landi Renzo fuel management software strategies.

What must the status of my vehicle be in order to change over to Propane?

Good performing gasoline vehicles with good overall maintenance are prerequisites for good vehicle performance when running on Propane. It is always good to have your qualified conversion technician verify that your gasoline injection system and ignition system are in good working order prior to your conversion.

How long does it take to have a Landi Renzo Propane system installed?

The installation of the Landi LPG System is best installed at a specialized carworkshops conversion centre and takes only a couple of days.

What difference is there in performance compared to gasoline operation?

Modern LPG powered systems guarantee excellent engine performance and there is practically no change in how the vehicle drives. The latest generation of LPG injection systems give rise to a difference of about 2% in terms of the vehicles power when compared to gasoline.

After a Landi Renzo Propane system has been installed, can I still run my car on gasoline?

Yes you can still run the vehicle on gasoline. The driver can decide which type of fuel to use by simply pressing the changeover switch located on the vehicle’s dashboard. The simplicity of using a gas system is also guaranteed by the fact that, with modern systems, the vehicle always starts on gasoline and automatically switches over to gas after about 30 seconds, that is after optimum operation parameters have been reached. The vehicle’s fuel distance is practically doubled when a gas system has been installed as it can count on its dual fuel supply.

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Contact


Greg Pilecki

Alternate Fuels Consultant 

Mobile: 519.501.0013
Garage: 519.744.6329 

dtacentre@dtacentre.ca


Propane Safety

In Canada, over 60,000 vehicles operate on propane. Propane installation, storage, and handling codes and regulations have been in place for more than 50 years. 


Engine conversion components and systems are certified by approved organizations such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and to European Standards (EN67). The components, installation procedures and converted vehicles must meet the safety requirements of the Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA) in Ontario, Régie du bâtiment in Quebec and the authorities having jurisdiction in other provinces and territories. 


Propane is non-toxic and in its natural form odourless. Odourants are added at the point of manufacture to ensure that any leaks are readily detected. 


Propane is stored and handled as a liquid under pressure. The vessels are designed and engineered with safety factors and with control valves and fittings to prevent the accidental escape of product. The puncture resistance of propane vehicle tanks is significantly greater than that of gasoline tanks. The auto ignition temperature of propane is between 850-900ºF, which is far higher than that of gasoline at 495ºF.


Well developed codes and regulations and state-of-the-art equipment and design has allowed the industry to achieve an excellent safety record for propane powered vehicles in Canada. 


The inherent properties of propane and propane systems are as safe if not safer than gasoline vehicles.



Compressed Natural Gas

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in today's market is most commonly found on bus fleets and large transportation vehicles, although many personal pick up trucks and vans can be converted as well. 


Less Impact on Air, Land & Water


Transportation is a major contributor of air pollutants in communities in Canada. With the introduction of new emission standards in 2007 and 2010, new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles now match natural gas vehicles for tailpipe emissions. Natural gas continues to provide a significant carbon advantage with 20-25% lower life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions. With 1 in 5 trucks and buses in Canada being more than 20 years old, encouraging the replacement of older vehicles with new natural gas vehicles would result in significant emissions benefits – both in terms of air quality and carbon reduction. 


Natural gas is lighter than air. There is no risk of evaporation emissions from refueling as the entire fueling system is sealed. At station sites, natural gas will not contaminate soil or groundwater. Natural gas consists primarily of methane which is a greenhouse gas. The entire natural gas supply chain works to ensure that methane emissions from the production, transmission, local delivery, and use of natural gas are minimized. 


Safe Vehicles & Stations


Crash and fire test conducted by Transport Canada in 1982 indicated that natural gas systems are more resilient than either gasoline or propane systems. 


Canada has well-established codes, standards, and regulations to ensure that compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles are safe and that CNG refueling stations are installed according to verified acceptable standards. CNG fueled vehicles may be garaged anywhere that a gasoline fueled vehicle is permitted, including underground commercial/residential apartment buildings. 


Natural gas vehicles were first commercialized in Italy following World War II when conventional fuel was in short supply. Today there are an estimated 11 million natural gas vehicles in use in more than 30 countries around the world. In Canada, natural gas has been used as a transportation fuel for more than 25 years. The safety record of natural gas vehicles is strong and the industry works with local authorities to ensure the ongoing safe handling and use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. 



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