Assessing the environmental impacts of heavy vehicles fuels, diesel v LPG

While liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is gaining in popularity as an alternative fuel source, especially for light vehicles, its use as an alternative fuel for heavy vehicle transport has been limited. Auto CRC is currently funding a project that is looking at a 100 per cent LPG conversion of a diesel Mercedes Actros truck. Essentially the existing diesel engine has been modified from running on 100 per cent diesel to run on 100 per cent LPG. The University of South Australia has been asked to perform the environmental evaluation of this conversion. This paper will compare the tailpipe emissions results of an Actros truck running on 100 per cent diesel, with the results of the truck running on 100 per cent LPG. The results show that when running on diesel and LPG the tailpipe emissions of the two fuels are in fact comparable. This is an encouraging result given the amount of development work that the diesel engines have undergone, in comparison to the LPG research work that has been undertaken as part of this Auto CRC project. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E217711.

  • Authors:
    • ZITO, R
  • Publication Date: 2009-3

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01143894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:12PM