FAQ AutoGas   
Q. What is Auto Gas?
Q. How many Autogas Dispensing Stations (ALDS) does IndianOil have? How many more have been planned?
Q. Currently the ALDS are being set up at existing petrol stations. Does IndianOil have any plans to have dedicated and stand alone ALDSs.?
Q. What is the volume of AutoGas sold during 2012-13 by IOCL?
Q. What are the economic advantages of AutoGas in comparison with petrol?
Q. What are the environmental advantages of AutoLPG?
Q. What are the safety rules that need to be followed in using Autogas?
Q. There have been concerns raised on the quality of conversion kits. How is this being tackled?
Q. Is Autogas possible to use in Two Wheelers?
Q. What are the advantages of Autogas over CNG which is also eco-friendly?
Q. Finally what safety tips, statutory checks, etc., should a customer keep in mind when installing a LPG kit?

 Q. What is Auto Gas?

Ans: Autogas is the brand name of Auto LPG marketed by IndianOil.

 Q. How many Autogas Dispensing Stations (ALDS) does IndianOil have? How many more have been planned?

Ans: As on date, 368 ALDS have been set up in Metros / Major Cities. Another 3 ALDSs have been mechanically completed & are likely to be commissioned within two months.

Indian Oil ALDS are available in 202 cities of India. ALDS contact details(address & phone no.) are available on website www.iocl.com

Based on the demand, ALDSs will be set up in various other cities .

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 Q. Currently the ALDS are being set up at existing petrol stations. Does IndianOil have any plans to have dedicated and stand alone ALDSs.?

Ans: Presently ALDS are being set up at existing petrol stations only.
 
 Q. What is the volume of AutoGas sold during 2012-13 by IOCL?

Ans: AUTO LPG SALES IN MT:

Indian Oil Corporation – 110601 MT
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  Q. What are the economic advantages of AutoGas in comparison with petrol?

Ans:A) The consumption of AutoLPG is approx. 5 to 10 % more as compared to petrol for running the same number of kilometers. However, the price of AutoLPG per liter is apprx. 17.7% less than petrol (for Mumbai). Hence , there is saving of almost 7.41% on fuel cost. B) The table below indicates the advantages of AutoLPG vis a vis petrol (for Mumbai):

BENEFIT TO CUSTOMERS: AUTO LPG VS MS

(As on 06.01.2014)
Description Delhi Mumbai
  LPG MS LPG MS
Mileage (Km/Litre) 16 18 16 18
Conversion Cost (Rs) 18000 - 18000 -
Fuel Prices, Rs. / litre 60.39 72.43 66.92 81.31
Cost Per KM 3.77 4.02 4.18 4.52
Savings, Rs. / Km 0.25 - 0.33 -
Saving in % 6.20 - 7.41 -
Break enent at Kms 72140  - 53776  -


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  Q. What are the environmental advantages of AutoLPG?

Ans: The exhaust emissions of vehicles running of AutoLPG emit
  • 75 % less CO
  • 85 % less HYDROCARBONS
  • 40 % less NO
  • 87 % less OZONE DEPLETION as compared to vehicles running on petrol.
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 Q. What are the safety rules that need to be followed in using Autogas?

Ans: Conversion kits approved by authorized Govt Agencies like ARAI (Automobile Research Association of India , Pune ) and VRDE ( Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, Ahmednagar) only should be used.
  • Only fixed LPG tanks should be fitted in the vehicle. Domestic LPG cylinders should not be used as they are potential safety hazards.
  • The conversion of the vehicle to run on LPG ( Retro-fitment) should be carried out at an authorized conversion center approved by RTO.
  • The RC book should be endorsed by the RTO once the conversion of the vehicle is completed.
  • Refuelling of AutoLPG should be done only at AutoLPG dispensing stations set up by IOCL / Oil Companies at existing Retail Outlets.
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 Q. There have been concerns raised on the quality of conversion kits. How is this being tackled?

Ans:
  1. The cost of legal conversion ( including approved conversion kit, CCOE approved LPG fuel tanks, piping, fitment charges and RTO endorsement ) is approx. Rs.15000/- to Rs.25000/- depending on type of vehicle.
  2. However, lot of spurious conversion kits with domestic LPG Cylinder have been introduced in the market (illegal and without RTO approvals) which cost only Rs.5000/- to Rs.8000/-. These spurious kits do not yield optimum engine performance and emissions. The use of domestic LPG cylinder coupled with the entire fitment done by road side untrained mechanics further increase the safety hazards.
  3. Awareness is being created through periodic press advts. Urging the customers to buy approved conversion kits only.
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 Q. Is Autogas possible to use in Two Wheelers?

Ans:Autogas can be used for all petrol driven vehicles ( spark ignition engines) including two wheelers. AutoLPG is permitted to be used for 2/ 3 / 4 wheelers.
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 Q. What are the advantages of Autogas over CNG which is also eco-friendly?

Ans:
Parameter Auto LPG CNG
Fuel Quality Stable Quality, since produced in Refineries under controlled conditions. Varying composition since it is supplied direct from the wells without any processing.
Delivery Pressure 10 bar 200 bar
Refuelling Time Like MS, 3 to 4 minutes , liquid handling. High refueling time of 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the differential pressure , gaseous handling.
Engine Performance Better than Petrol under high speed and heavy load conditions. Due to impurities, adverse engine performance under high speed and heavy load conditions.
Availablity Can be made available in any part of the Country by installing Storage facility. Presently Industry ALDS available in about 350 cities Available only on select cities where pipeline has been laid.
Cost of Dispensing infrastructure 40 lakhs at an existing Retail Outlet. 150 lakhs at an existing Retail Outlet.
Cost of conversion of vehicle Rs.15000/- to Rs.25000/- Rs.35000/- to Rs.40000/- (for 3 /4 wheelers). Rs.300000/- for buses.
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 Q. Finally what safety tips, statutory checks, etc., should a customer keep in mind when installing a LPG kit?

Ans: Conversion kits approved by authorized Govt Agencies like ARAI (Automobile Research Association of India , Pune ) and VRDE ( Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, Ahmednagar) only should be used.

Only fixed LPG tanks should be fitted in the vehicle. Domestic LPG cylinders should not be used as they are potential safety hazards. The conversion of the vehicle to run on LPG ( Retro-fitment) should be carried out at an authorized conversion center approved by RTO. The RC book should be endorsed by the RTO once the conversion of the vehicle is completed.

Refuelling of AutoLPG should be done only at AutoLPG dispensing stations set up by IOCL / Oil Companies at existing Retail Outlets Safety Tips : • The CCOE-approved LPG fuel tank has a multi-function valve which does not allow filling of fuel beyond 80% of the tank capacity. Consumer must ensure that the fuel is not filled beyond 80 % of the tank capacity.

Statutory Checks : -The LPG fuel tank has to be hydro-tested every 5 years through CCOE approved agencies.

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