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Frequently asked questions

ARE ALL GAS CONVERSION KITS/ BRANDS OF SIMILAR QUALITY?

The Prins product is regarded as the diamond product in the industry. It carries this badge due to the incredible manufacturing quality which results in industry leading reliability.

Prins Autogassytemen BV, a Westport Fuel Systems company, has been a world leader in the development of alternative fuel systems for over 30 years. Westport owns all the major international brands. Westport brands are superior to all other brands and installing a kit from a different holding company is not a particularly good idea in terms of your car’s reliability, maintenance costs, performance, safety and many more reasons. Prins is the diamond product amongst the Wesport brands.

Certifications

Quality forms an integral part of every business process at Prins Autogassystemen B.V. Our dedicated focus to provide the highest possible quality applies equally to the manufacturing of our components as to the assembly of our (sub)systems.

Our entire quality system and business processes have been audited for the NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015 certification by TüV Netherlands QA B.V.

In addition, all OEM project related processes comply with the important automotive ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification. This guarantees that Prins Autogassystemen can achieve and supply products to the highest OEM quality levels.

Furthermore, all system components and component compositions of the VSI systems are certified according to the R67-01 and R110 quality norms. For the American and Canadian markets, we have also obtained the necessary approvals and are CSA certified. For the Middle East and Asia Prins Autogassystemen has achieved ISO 15500 accreditation for system components.

The various certificates and accreditations are audited frequently by automotive related test authorities such as; RDW, TüV, KBA and Gastec.

R115

For the European market Prins also has been R115 certified. R115 is a European retrofit directive for LPG and CNG systems. This directive stipulates the emission, documentation and quality standards to be met by the manufacturer of the LPG/CNG system. For each car make or car make series, vehicles have to be tested in a certified laboratory.

Prins already has certifications for the following car brands:

Audi – BMW – Cadillac – Chrysler – Citroën – Daihatsu – Dodge – Ford – Honda – Hyundai – Jeep – Kia – Lada – Lexus – Mercedes – Nissan

Opel / Vauxhall – Peugeot – Renault – Seat – Skoda – Subaru – Toyota – Volkswagen

HOW DOES CONVERTING TO GAS SAVE ME MONEY?

Monthly fuel costs are one of the top expenses regardless of whether you are a private motorist or the owner of a fleet. We help you cut your costs by providing a cheaper fuel solution kit and saving you close to 45% of your monthly fuel expense.

Depending on how far you drive every month this could add up to a significant saving. Furthermore, you can save from day 1 by looking at a re-financing option.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement aiming to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the presence of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. South Africa has signed this Protocol, indicating that the price difference between petrol/diesel and gas must remain constant.

HOW SAFE IS LPG?

Driving on gas is both safe and easy to do. Just like petrol, autogas vapour can ignite, but unlike petrol autogas is stored in a strong steel tank that has several safety valves. In the event of a road accident these tanks are much more puncture resistant and will survive much greater impacts than a typical petrol (gasoline), ethanol or diesel tank.

LPG is less likely to catch fire than other fuel sources. The auto ignition temperature is the minimum temperature required to ignite a gas or vapour in air, without a spark or flame being present. Petrol (gasoline) ignites at temperatures as low as 246°C while LPG (propane) ignites at 470°C.

Furthermore, gas burns when it catches fire rather than exploding. In the event of a leak (practically impossible with our systems) gas dissipates rather than forming a large hazardous puddle.

WHERE DO I REFUEL MY CAR / IS THERE A REFUELING INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE?

Just like with any other fuel you can fill up at conventional fuelling stations. If your local fuelling station does not have an LPG/ CNG Fuelling pump it is just a matter of time before they install one.

In the case where there isn’t a gas fuelling pump close to you, our system automatically picks up when your gas level drops below a certain level and switches over to your conventional fuel (petrol/ diesel), in which case you can always fill up as per usual. Switching over to your conventional fuel can be done by the touch of a button.

Where a portable refuelling point is required, we can set up the infrastructure for you. This is particularly relevant for customers with fleets. These refuelling points are put up above ground and this can be done in a short period of time in any area as the gas refuelling legislation allows for this.

IS IT TRUE THAT AN LPG SYSTEM DAMAGES THE ENGINE?

An LPG car engine heats up quicker, even with a fully cold engine. This is advantageous, as petrol engines take longer to warm up and a fast warm up is better. High octane (+100) LPG has far less engine knocking and is healthier for your engine. Your engine will be smoother running with cleaner spark plugs, valves, pistons and cylinder heads.

LPG is a cleaner burning fuel than both diesel and petrol, so engine life is actually extended and LPG does not damage engines. If anything, LPG is good for cars and may prolong engine life and reduce maintenance. Using a fuel that burns cleaner should allow the engine components to last longer.

In summary: Is LPG good for cars and does LPG damage engines?:

  • LPG prevents knocking in an engine, as it has an octane number greater than 100
  • Manufacturers offer dual-fuel models with the same warranties
  • LPG changes the fuel storage and intake systems of the engine. These are the only major differences
  • LPG conversions to engines do not affect factory warranties
  • LPG does not damage engine parts
  • LPG is cleaner burning than petrol and diesel
  • LPG may actually prolong engine life

 

Regarding the comparison of LPG vs. petrol in terms of engine life, I think you’ll agree that LPG is superior.

Far from damaging your engine, LPG may prolong engine life.

It reduces carbon build up and extends the period between certain service procedures.

This, along with fuel cost savings, helps make LPG conversion a great way to save money.

HOW DOES LP GAS AFFECT MY CAR’S PERFORMANCE?

Modern LPG conversions such as the Prins kits, suffer no loss of performance. Engines will run smoother and be slightly quieter.

Our system switches over automatically between gas and your conventional fuel (petrol/ diesel) depending on your gas levels. You can switch over to the conventional fuel by the touch of a button.

WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS?

It is widely accepted that the main polluting elements are carbon oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulates (microscopic particles containing a chemical element mix – just for diesel oil engine), which  is still a big problem to resolve. LPG’s carbon and nitrogen oxides emissions are much lower than the petrol engine ones and pollutes roughly 90% less than any diesel oil vehicle’s nitrogen oxides and particulates. With LPG systems, co2 (carbon dioxide) emissions are reduced by 10%.

Stricter international standards on vehicle emissions has accelerated the introduction of greener vehicle technologies. These technological advances, which include the PRINS VSI system for LPG & CNG, have led to a dramatic reduction in harmful pollutants such as carbon emissions, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter; so much so, that a car manufactured today produces twenty times fewer emissions than a car made in 1970.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement aiming to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the presence of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. South Africa has signed this Protocol, indicating that the price difference between petrol/diesel and gas must remain constant.

WHERE CAN I DO A GAS CONVERSION?

We do installations in partnership with our certified installation centres. For more information regarding this or if you are interested in doing one or multiple conversions contact us at info@gaztron.co.za

HOW LONG DOES THE LP GAS CONVERSION TAKE?

We are the only company that can convert your vehicle to gas in one day, regardless of whether it is a car or a truck. We like to allow 1 day for a conversion, as we thoroughly check that your car is working as it should and that the fittings and operation has been calibrated successfully.

WHAT TYPES OF VEHICLES CAN BE CONVERTED TO GAS?

Prins’ gas equipment provides approved LPG, CNG and LNG supply systems consistent with most of today’s car engines on the market, so that you can convert almost any vehicle, whether it has a carburettor or a powerful direct injection supercharged/ turbocharged engine, without incurring any technical problems.

SHOULD MY CAR BE CONVERTED TO LPG OR CNG?

Cars that run on Petrol are converted to LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and cars that run on Diesel are converted to CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).

SHOULD MY TRUCK BE CONVERTED TO CNG OR LNG?

Request a quotation on our Products page and you will be prompted to fill in some information regarding your fleet. Our team will then get back to you with a suggestion, a quotation and a cost saving breakdown.

WHAT IS THE RANGE OF LPG VEHICLES?

An assumed average of 10km to the LPG litre is roughly equivalent to 12km per petrol litre. The gas tank has an approximately 80% filling limitation for safety reasons. Nevertheless, LPG is so much cheaper than petrol (& CNG is so much cheaper than diesel) that your fuel expense per kilometre can reduce by up to 45%. As an example, with 48L of LPG the range should be around 480km.

DOES AN LPG GAS CONVERSION REQUIRE ANY EXTRA SERVICING?

Your car will require gas services to be repeated between 25,000km – 75,000km or at 6 – 8-month intervals. This should be the case with running your current fuel as well.

CAN MY LOCAL GARAGE / MECHANIC STILL SERVICE MY CAR AFTER CONVERSION?

Yes, normal servicing is unaffected by the conversion. However, only licensed Prins LPG installers may work on Prins LPG systems.

WILL MY CAR’S WARRANTY BE AFFECTED?

Our gas installation comes with a warranty that covers its fitment, the equipment and any related problems. Prins warrants the vehicle if affected by Prins products and systems only.

Your motor plan might be affected at this stage, (we are in the process of working with manufacturers in changing this) but your service plan should however not be affected, kindly enquire with your provider. Contact us at info@gaztron.co.za for more information regarding this.