Data company, HydroCIS and the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) recently shared insights on how much it costs to convert a petrol-powered keke napep (tricycle) to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). According to them, to convert a 4-stroke liquid and air-cooled engine costs between N100,000 and N200,000 on average.
The consumption rate for a gas-powered keke napep is 6.5 kilowatts (kW) at 5,500 revolutions per minute (rpm). Typically, users can expect to recover the expenses incurred in converting the vehicle within a period of 3 to 4 months, with a cost of approximately N15 to N20 per kilometre.
However, it is worth noting that these estimates may vary based on factors such as power output and the number of passengers or loads carried, as highlighted by HydroCIS and NLPGA.
In practical terms, to cover a distance of 100 kilometres using gas, users will need 3.5 kilograms of LPG, which comes at a cost of N560 per litre, resulting in a total expense of N3,920.
In contrast, if the same distance is covered using petrol, it would require 7 litres of petrol at N600 per litre, totalling N4,200.
Therefore, choosing gas as the fuel source offers substantial cost savings, amounting to approximately 40% to 55% per kilogram.
According to both parties, the elements needed to make this switch (for 4-stroke engines only) include: