No, Falcon CNG gasoline conversions are bi-fuel, meaning the conversion adds the ability to drive on CNG and retain the ability to drive on gasoline. The driver can easily switch between gas and natural gas with a single press of a button on the dash. You can easily switch while the engine is running. Diesel conversions are dual-fuel, versus bi-fuel like gasoline, which means they always have some diesel fuel injected into the engine.
Every vehicle responds differently to running on natural gas. The majority of customers have experienced little change in gas mileage. Proper installation and optimal tuning will minimize fuel economy loss. When considering 45-50% fuel cost savings and significant emissions reductions; small reductions in fuel economy are acceptable by most vehicle owners.
Falcon CNG kits are not intended to change the power output of your vehicle while running on gasoline. However, due to natural gas burning at a lower BTU, most vehicles will experience an 8-12% power loss while running on natural gas. While driving a vehicle, the driver presses the gas pedal to maintain a certain speed, climb a hill or pass a slower vehicle. At normal driving speeds the gas pedal is depressed roughly 10-20%. With a 10% power loss, for example, the gas pedal will need to be pressed between roughly 11-22% (10-20% plus 10%) to maintain the same speed on CNG. Most drivers will never notice the gas pedal position difference. If a vehicle needs maximum power then Falcon CNG can program the conversion to provide maximum gasoline power under certain conditions.
No. Since CNG burns much cleaner than gasoline the engine will not experience near the carbon buildup as with gasoline. In fact, CNG will prolong the life of your motor and motor oil. Some drivers, with CNG vehicles, go 2 to 3 times longer between oil changes, however, Falcon CNG does not recommend going past he factory prescribed maintenance schedules.
If gasoline was discovered as a fuel source today, we would not use it due to how unsafe it is. CNG vehicles have a much better track record for safety, and CNG conversion components are held to a much higher safety standard. Falcon CNG kits come with everything necessary to make your conversion safe, but law requires that you have your system inspected by a certified CNG fuel system inspector when installed, and every 3 years or 36,000 miles. Falcon CNG has the required CSA Fuel Systems Inspection Certificate and provides an inspection as part of the conversion.
The payback period will vary depending on miles driven, miles per gallon, cost of gasoline and cost of CNG. The tables below show a basic Return on Investment (ROI) and Monthly Fuel Savings for a few scenarios based on $1.70 difference between CNG and gasoline.
Falcon CNG kits can be easily removed from a converted vehicle in less than a day. Some kits can be moved from one vehicle to another thus saving the owner the expense of buying a second kit.
According to the “Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975″, a manufacturer cannot void the warranty just because of a vehicle’s aftermarket parts. The burden of proof of the cause of failure is with the manufacturer, or dealer, and not with the vehicle owner, if there is a disagreement over what caused the failure.