Kenyan motorists can now run their cars using a hybrid system of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and petrol/diesel. A new conversion system also enables them to switch between the two at their own convenience.
Motorists Association of Kenya (MAK) says the system converts a conventional combustion engines in about five hours. The cost of running a car on LPG is KSh60 per litre, against the current Ksh106.82 for petrol and Ksh91.82 for diesel (Nairobi prices).
“As an association we can, this way, force the prices of petrol to come down,” says MAK.
LPG-powered cars have another advantage: Relatively lower emissions. “Empirically, LPG-based vehicles produce 15% less carbon dioxide, 30% less carbon monoxide and 50% less nitrogen oxides. Increased use of Auto-gas vehicles through government advocacy, would bring major socio-economic benefits in the form of cleaner air, improved human health and reduced climate change,” writes wesustain.africa.
How does the LPG conversion take place?
- An LPG tank is installed, either in the boot or under the car if there is enough clearance.
- A converter is installed to convert the liquid gas into vapor.
- An air/fuel mixer or LPG injector ensures the right mix of air and LPG.
- A fuel lock is fitted to stop fuel flow to the engine, once it is shut off.
While the conversion makes economic and environmental sense, it elicited mixed reactions from social media users. Some were in support, others in favour of good old fossil fuel.
“Doing the conversion will cost what you could have used on petrol for months if not years on End… ooh! It’s LPG…….very dangerous under our circumstances…let me stick to the good old petrol,” said James Ombega.
“It’s very economical according to one Uber driver, giving you an average of 22km/l,” revealed Kirori Chege.