How do you get an LPG vehicle?

December 3rd, 2010 No Comments »

Where to buy?

The common question that might come in the minds of a potential automobile buyer is; after reading about the features, benefits and disadvantages of a LPG kit; how they can own one? The answer is simple, either buy a new vehicle or upgrade your existing one.LPG vehicle

Buy or upgrade?

You can either buy a new automobile that comes with a factory fitted kit that will cost you a bit more but will be something that will give you the confidence of riding your automobile with complete peace or you can opt for converting your existing automobile that runs on standard diesel or petrol fuel with a retro kit that will enable you to use LPG as fuel for it.

However the process of converting your existing automobile running on petrol or diesel fuel with a retro kit to enable it to use LPG as fuel can be a bit tricky and require you to go through several hassles, quality checks, inspection before it is declared fit to be used on the roads. If you have decided this is the way to go or still wish to know the process before deciding the read on.

BIS safety regulations for the Retro-fit

Retro fitting an automobile with a LPG conversion kit requires that the kit complies with the safety guidelines as mentioned by the Bureau of Indian Standards. A LPG tank can explode in the event of a fire only if the surrounding temperature reaches a critical level of 400 to 500 Degrees Centigrade. This is however something that is never a reality in the event of a car accident. The tanks of the kit must come with pressure relieving devices, multifunctional valves and excess flow valves.

The LPG tank must be fitted at the luggage space of your car. It needs to be fastened with metal straps so that it does not shift and move about when the automobile is moving. As per the bureau of Indian Standards the tank must be a permanent feature of your car.

Checking and permission by RTO

Once the vehicle has been converted into a LPG enabled one the car must be passed by the RTO before it can take to the roads. The Retro Fitment Centre facilitates this so that the vehicle is endorsed by the R.T.O and this endorsement is a legal acceptance that the vehicle is fit to be used on Indian roads.

Usually the process takes about 2 days to complete depending upon the rush. As LPG conversion is still not a craze in India due to the inherent additional costs applicable for retro fitting and also the limited number of filling stations currently available in India not many consumers are opting for it. However that being said filling stations are growing every day and also LPG gives you the option to choose between a polluting fuel and a relative clean fuel that saves the nation money and the environment as well in the process.

Availability of filling stations

With steady demands in these automobiles from consumers, and the availability of filling stations in certain parts of the country, a number of car manufacturers are also offering factory fitted retro kits. Major places such automobiles are available are Delhi NCR, Gujarat and Mumbai.