Conversion of Vehicles to LPG in Costa Rica

Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as propane, is less contaminating to the environment than diesel or gasoline. Fuel economy is similar to a gasoline engine. Modern conversion kits offer sophisticated technology that can improve fuel efficiency and performance in older engines.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from LPG are significantly less, so the conversion of any vehicle to LPG is a contribution to the environment and the reduction of global warming. Cleaner burning LPG can also reduce unwanted deposits inside the engine, leading to a longer useful life and lower maintenance costs.

In Costa Rica, LPG costs from 40% to 50% less than gasoline. The cost of the conversion can be quickly recovered, since fuel efficiency is equal or better, converting from gasoline to LPG will mean a $25 to $50 savings on each tank of gas.

How Does It Work?

The most common conversion is to make the vehicle bi-fuel. This means that a second fuel tank is installed in the trunk of the car, or in the cargo area of SUVs. There are different shapes and sizes of tanks for specific types of vehicles.

In addition, a secondary fuel injection system is installed in the engine compartment. This system consist of fuel lines, a computer chip, injection unit and filter. Once the installation is performed, the vehicle may use either gasoline or LPG. With modern, computerized kits, the correct fuel is selected automatically.

Who Does The Conversion?

Ecomotors is a subsidiary of GRUPO ZETA, a holding company which has operated in Central America since 1976 — particularly in the area of real estate development.

Ecomotors has specialized shops and certified mechanics that will install the LPG conversion kit.  Ecomotors uses equipment manufactured by Landi Renzo, an Italian firm. LPG powered vehicles are much more common in Europe than in the US, and Landi Renzo that works with car makers around the world to provide equipment for LPG powered vehicles.

Ecomotors offers a two year guarantee on the installation, equipment and parts. The equipment is the latest technology, and your vehicle will not lose power.  The equipment meets European safety standards, specifically E/ECE/324 and E/ECE/TRANS/505.

The installation takes a few hours, it can be performed at Ecomotors’ branches in the Central Valley, or an appointment can be made to install the LPG system at your home anywhere in Costa Rica.

The price of the kit varies according to how many cylinders your vehicle has.  For a 4 cylinder vehicle the investment is $1500, $1800 for 6 cylinder vehicles and $2000 for 8 cylinders.

If you would like to arrange an appointment, or if you have any questions, please fill out this form: Vehicle Information LPG Conversion

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