If you've invested in a classic car, you bought it to enjoy, and you will love to drive it. Similarly, cars are meant to be driven and, like humans, will suffer if they don't get enough 'exercise'. However, there are two sets of problems that will be familiar to most classic car owners..

The price of fuel usually has a large influence on the amount of mileage driven by classic car owners, especially for bigger engined cars like Jaguars, Bentleys, etc. Consequently, annual mileages are usually quite low for classics. Even so, going for a day's drive, let alone a tour of several days or a motoring holiday, will be an expensive event.

On the other hand, if the car isn't driven enough, other problems can arise. The car will go out of tune, which often goes unnoticed because it happens gradually over time. An off-tune engine really can waste a lot of fuel, and of course, re-tuning costs time and money. To tune an engine properly is time consuming, as it involves adjusting throttle and choke cables, checking the plugs and points, ignition timing, distributor wear, carburettor, etc. Sorting all that out can also be an expensive, and very much less enjoyable, event.

Happily, there is a solution to these circular problems though, which is where we at V8 Autogas come in. We can convert your beloved classic to run very efficiently and smoothly on LPG. So you can afford to enjoy your investment more often and it will run smoother and stay in tune better.

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Why LPG is good for the environment:

Our environment is under severe strain right now, and we all need to do everything we possibly can to reduce pollution, both right now and in the future. Electric cars are the future, due to no direct emissions in use, but they are very expensive to buy - and it will take many years until most cars on the road are electric. There are presently environmental problems with batteries as well. Diesel has it's own problems, and recent findings confirm serious effects on health in many towns and cities. Indeed, many cities are preparing to ban or restrict diesel cars due to air quality concerns.  

LPG can act as a bridge to a greener future, because right now, there are a great many petrol cars on the road, and LPG can help to reduce the pollution they emit. All petrol cars, even the latest Direct Injection cars can be fitted with an LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) conversion, turning them into ‘dual-fuel cars’ that can run on LPG as well as petrol.

One car running on diesel produces the same amount of NOx as more than 20 cars using LPG. The emission of particulate matter (PM) from LPG-fuelled cars in the city cycle is also lower than the minimum measurable level.

So, if you need to use a car and want to do something to help in the fight against climate change, an LPG conversion is a great way to do it.

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Why LPG is good for your pocket:

RAC Fuel Watch data very unsurprisingly shows that petrol and diesel prices continue to rise, like almost everything else in life. However, while cars are unlikely to be more fuel-efficient when running on LPG, you could still save about 40% on your fuel bills by investing in an LPG conversion.

Of course, the cost of investing in an LPG system should be compared with all the costs of running vehicles with other fuel types. There's a very interesting article on the Money Supermarket website called 'The True Cost Of Driving Green'. While it doesn't actually include LPG in it's calculations, it does show the comparative costs between owning and running petrol, diesel and electric vehicles. Electric cars are the most expensive, diesel come in second, and petrol are the cheapest engined car to buy. If you then add in the much lower fuel cost of LPG, it doesn't take much working out to see that, if you want to reduce your emissions and enjoy the best fuel economy, LPG is the way to go.

With an economical small engined 1 litre car like a second hand Corsa, it's possible to get fuel economy as low at 7 [yes seven!] pence a mile on a motorway run!

See how much you can save on costs and emissions with these two calculators:

Drive LPG Savings Calculator

My LPG EU Savings Calculator

And with around 1400 LPG filling stations in the UK, you shouldn't have any trouble filling up your tank - and usually for less than £30! You can find your nearest LPG filling station here and there are several good apps for smartphones too - just search for 'LPG'.

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Converting your large engined car to LPG will save you a serious amount of money - and even with average mileage, you should recover the cost of your investment in the first year. And LGP retails at around half the price of petrol and diesel, so every mile you drive after that, you're making a significant saving.

Here at V8 Autogas, we are authorised installers of AC Stag LPG systems, which are really high quality. AC Stag invest a great deal of money every year in research and development, resulting in their product quality improving year on year. That fact gives you the reassurance you need in order to invest in a conversion from us.

In terms of performance, you'll hardly notice any difference between LPG and petrol. While a litre of LPG holds a bit less energy than a litre of petrol, most drivers would need to look at the LPG switch to see which fuel the engine is running on to know the difference. 

As an example, here's a video of a 2010 Mercedes E63 AMG - LPG Converted Everyday V8

[Thanks to Pendle Lease for making the video]

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The European Union has published legal requirements for the permitted levels of emissions in cities. To comply with these laws, Ultra Low Emission Zones are being introduced in cities across the United Kingdom in order to clean up our air and prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year. For Taxi & Private Hire drivers, it's a considerable expense, but a transition which must be undertaken in order to relieve our environment of airborne pollutants which are unseen but harm all of us.

The acceptable emissions standards, which are guaranteed until 2025, for licensed taxi or private hire vehicles, executive taxis & private hire vehicles, are:

  • Battery electric vehicle
  • Plug-in petrol hybrid electric vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006)
  • Full petrol hybrid vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006)
  • Vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006) retrofitted to run on liquid petroleum gas (subject to UKLPG accredited installs)
  • Hydrogen fuel cell

For most taxi & private hire drivers on a budget, only one of the above options is available - conversion to LPG. Fortunately, V8 Autogas can affordably convert your vehicle to run on LPG, even if it has a diesel engine

And very importantly, the emissions from your vehicle should be so low that they not only exceed minimum Euro 4 standard, but also meet the next level of standards. So if the law changes in 2025, you won't have any further disruption or expense.

LPG For Petrol Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles

V8 Autogas are Authorised Installers for AC Stag, which met the EURO 6 standard thanks to joint research carried out in Poland and Italy with a daughter company - AC Italy. Tests carried out in October 2016 at the Italian testing laboratory confirmed the compliance of the installation with this standard, which is confirmed by the type-approval granted on the Italian market.

LPG for Diesel Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles

STAG Diesel is an alternative fuelling system for 2-16 cylinder Diesel engines. The whole system has been based on modern technical solutions that allow the mixture of gas and air which later is  mixed with Diesel in the cylinder.  Installation of the STAG Diesel system does not prevent driving only on diesel, as the solution does not require interference with internal engine parts.

The controller is able to manage intelligently the dosing of both fuels to an engine while it is running, thanks to the readings of sensors:  exhaust temperature probe, knock sensor or oxygen sensor (lambda probe).

An advanced algorithm of sequential injection and the innovative system of auto-adaptation ensures the correct fuel ratios within the entire working range of the engine, therefore, the user can quickly observe significant economic benefits.

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The European Union has published legal requirements for the permitted levels of emissions in cities. To comply with these laws, Ultra Low Emission Zones are being introduced in cities across the United Kingdom in order to clean up our air and prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year. For Taxi & Private Hire drivers, it's a considerable expense, but a transition which must be undertaken in order to relieve our environment of airborne pollutants which are unseen but harm all of us.

The acceptable emissions standards, which are guaranteed until 2025, for licensed taxi or private hire vehicles, executive taxis & private hire vehicles, are:

  • Battery electric vehicle
  • Plug-in petrol hybrid electric vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006)
  • Full petrol hybrid vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006)
  • Vehicle (minimum Euro 4 standard: applies to new car approvals from 2005 and new registrations from 2006) retrofitted to run on liquid petroleum gas (subject to UKLPG accredited installs)
  • Hydrogen fuel cell

For most taxi & private hire drivers on a budget, only one of the above options is available - conversion to LPG. Fortunately, V8 Autogas can affordably convert your vehicle to run on LPG. 

And very importantly, the emissions from your vehicle should be so low that they not only exceed minimum Euro 4 standard, but also meet the next level of standards. So if the law changes in 2025, you won't have any further disruption or expense.

LPG For Petrol Taxis & Private Hire Vehicles

V8 Autogas are Authorised Installers for AC Stag, which met the EURO 6 standard thanks to joint research carried out in Poland and Italy with a daughter company - AC Italy. Tests carried out in October 2016 at the Italian testing laboratory confirmed the compliance of the installation with this standard, which is confirmed by the type-approval granted on the Italian market.

Contact us now for a free no obligation quote