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Long Beach, California (CNN) -- Gasoline at $4 a gallon is no worry for T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire energy investor from Texas. He drives from his home to his office in a car that runs on fuel costing less than $1 a gallon.
His method: He has a device that fuels his Honda Civic GX with natural gas from the pipes that serve his home. And he thinks there's a lesson there for America's energy woes.
Pickens, who is speaking Wednesday at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California, said America needs to make natural gas a building block of a plan for ending oil imports from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Natural gas is "cheaper, it's cleaner, it's abundant and it's ours, and we're fools not to use it," Pickens said in an interview with CNN.
LPG costs a little more than half the price of petrol or diesel, but fuel economy will be about 20-25% lower. Overall running an LPG car costs approximately a third less than a petrol only car – but only once you've recovered the cost of the conversion.
Conversion of an existing petrol car so it can run on petrol or LPG costs between £1500 and £2500, so you'll need to travel around 14,000 miles a year to make the conversion worthwhile.
Wikipedia doesn't appear to agree with you on that, in fact it claims the exact opposite.
LPG is very harsh on most motors, due to the uneven burn during ignition. Petrol burns from centre to edge, creating a better spark and power output, whereas LPG creates an uneven spark, resulting in harder wear overall on the engine.
NGVs [natural gas vehicles] and especially CNG tends to corrode and wear the parts of an engine less rapidly than Gasoline. Thus its quite common to find NGV with diesel-engine like mileage, such as over 500,000 miles. Emissions are cleaner, there is generally less wasted fuel, and lower emissions of carbon and lower particulate emissions per equivalent distance traveled.
That is a good point. But it is still a better option than petrol.
it is still a non-renewable resource that, like petrol, will eventually run out, and also will eventually cost as much as petrol does now.
And when an increased demand for oil occurs things like the deepwater disaster happen.
Originally posted by kwakakev
Gas still has its problems, especially if you live in an area where fracking is taking place. By increasing the demand for gas it does increase the pressure for more fracking to take place.
Petrol is also heavier than air and IF the tank has a leak it will tend to form "puddles or lakes along floors and along the ground". Put a spark near that puddle and the exact same thing will happen. Not to mention, CNG is actually lighter than air and floats away.
LPG or liquid propane gas does have some inherent problems being heavier than Air. LPG tends to pool in gaseous puddles or lakes along floors and along the ground.