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LAUGFS Gas Auto Lanka preach converting to auto gas


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By Shanuka Tissera

The LAUGFS group held an awareness presentation at their head office yesterday in a bid to encourage and educate individuals on the benefits of an auto gas conversion.



The life of an engine will be prolonged, you will help protect the environment, but the answer your wallet is listening for is that you will save 40% on fuel. Take for example a car on petrol and a car on auto gas. Given a monthly usage of 200 litres, the monthly cost for a petrol car is Rs. 29,800 and respectively Rs. 17,600. Over a period of 12 months, by converting to auto gas, an individual would be saving a hefty sum of Rs. 146,400 per year.

LAUGFS Group Chairman W.K.H Wegapitiya went into further detail of the positive economic benefits of converting to auto gas. “We are seeing that in a lot of Asian countries today, auto gas is proving very popular and effective. We must enlighten the public, not only for the economic advantage but for the sake of our environment.”

As auto gas is a 100 octane fuel there will be less engine knocks, zero amount of sulphur therefore there is no risk of corrosion to the engine parts and there is no lead so the catalytic converter will remain unharmed. Manager – Gas Conversion H.B.H Pathmasiri explained the mechanics of how such a procedure would take place, “It would only take two to three days in one of our many service centres and would cost Rs. 72,000 for a four cylinder vehicle.”

There is 60% less carbon monoxide emissions and 40% less nitros oxide.

LAUGFS are the pioneer of the auto gas conversions back in 1995 and having already installed over 15,000 units with 100% certified EU equipment. Gas Auto Lanka Ltd has even been accepted in Australia thanks to its solid reputation. A 0% interest scheme is also available with numerous banks such as; HSBC, Standard Chartered, HNB and Amex. In a world were Australia already has 675,000 cars running on auto gas, 50,000 in Italy, 400,000 in Poland and over one million in India, then why in Sri Lanka do we only have 20,000 cars on auto gas. It is time for individuals to fulfil their roles as stewards of this planet and help reduce Sri Lanka’s carbon footprint.

LAUGFS Petroleum Pvt Ltd General Manager Mahesh Weerasena proudly shared that they have even converted V6 and V8 engines to function efficiently on auto gas. To eliminate problems, Gas Auto Lanka Limited match conversion equipment to the requirement of each vehicle brand and technology that is compatible with OEM Standards.

As per all electronic injection systems, a mixer does not aspirate the gaseous fuel, but the correct quantity is determined through the calculations made by the ECU. It allows obtaining the well known advantages of the injection systems such as; no disadvantages in the performances on petrol caused by the absence of a mixer, maximum performances on gas, typical of the injection systems and eliminates the risk of backfire.  

Once again, LAUGFS are trying to help our economy, our people and our environment through the awareness presentation. We should try to take a page from their book and live by a means that is sustainable.


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