I thought back to my time in the States and tried to think of where Americans were using alternative fuels like LPG and NPG. The only vehicles that came to mind were the busses in Phoenix and forklifts. For the life of me I can’t remember ever seeing a fuel station that offered compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas either. I find that kind of sad that with the millions of vehicles on the road and all the complaints about carbon emissions from cars we aren’t promoting different fuels like NPG and LPG.
Common Misconceptions About LPG and NPG
Now you might think that converting your car to use LPG or NPG is difficult or expensive but neither of those are true. Another common misconception is that your car or truck will no longer be able to use gasoline. Truth is you still use gasoline to start the vehicle and bring it up to temperature. You also have the option to turn off the LPG (liquid propane gas) or CPG/NPG (compressed natural gas) at any time and strictly use gasoline.
Why Thailand Cars and Trucks Use Alternative Fuel
Almost unanimously when I asked Thai people Why Thailand Cars and Trucks Use Alternative Fuel the response is the cost of gasoline. Gasoline here in Thailand is sold by the litre and there are approximately 4 litres per gallon. At an average of 26 Baht per litre that equates to over $3.00 USD per gallon. At an average tank taking 11 gallons that is approximately 1,144 Baht (About $35.00 USD) Compare that with the cost to fill up with NPG or LPG at approximately 150 Baht (approximately $4.50 USD) which will take you the same approximately 400 kilometers. So to go the same distance in your car would you rather pay $35 USD or $4.50 USD?
What Are The Performance Implications?
NPG and LPG performance is slightly less than running gasoline. Most notable, “Get Up And Go” power is reduced slightly. If you are a Racecar Johnny you may have a problem with that.
On the other hand, Driving highway speeds you won’t notice a difference. LPG or NPG make long trips easier. The reserve tank stores an extra 3-400 kilometers of travel. Less time getting gas, more time on the road.
Given these points it is easy to see that NPG and LPG are the way to go. You get the best of both worlds. You still have powerful gasoline when you need it and money saving LPG or NPG in reserve. Conversion kits are available for your car but finding LPG or NPG near you might take some work. I promise it’s worth it!