EPA streamlines alt-fuel conversions with amended regulations: "
With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tweaking its rules for alternative fuel conversions for vehicles, it's time for do-it-yourselfers to rejoice. Previously, the EPA's rules for alt-fuel conversions made it difficult to convert older vehicles. However, changes made to the Agency's regulations take into account the age of the vehicle and its engine when determining whether conversions comply with emissions requirements. Meaning that when converting an older vehicle to run on something like compressed natural gas, the converted auto need only be as clean running as the vehicle was prior to any modifications.
In order to ensure that a fuel switch still meets emission standards, the EPA requires a certificate of conformity for conversion systems. Without this, the manufacturer or installer could face tampering charges under the Clean Air Act, which prohibits alterations to an engine. The EPA notes that some conversions may not result in lower emissions and that fuel costs could increase.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has a handy-dandy online alternative fuel locator, which is useful because getting hold of some alt-fuels isn't as easy as it ought to be. Likewise, the DOE's up-to-date alternative fuel price report is one tool that's essential for any DIY-er who's looking to convert his or her ride.
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