LPG adapters in Europe
As every joint in a fuel line bears the potential of a leakage, the risk of cold burns increases with the number of removable parts in the refuelling connection. Therefor caution is advised when refuelling with adapters.
As the European market still exhibits many different connections, Autogas cars (even those retailed by the manufacturers themselves) often don’t have the connector permanently installed and rely on mounting and dismounting the connector for every refuelling. Especially with connection contours like Bayonet and ACME, where rotational forces are induced from connecting with the nozzle, care must be taken so as to not accidentally disconnect the adapter or the connector with the nozzle itself.
The use of several adapters in series is considered unsafe practice (see below)!
Also known as: Euronozzle adapter
Sometimes also referred to as Euronozzle, this contour was developed with minimal emissions, safe and comfortable handling in mind and was standardised in the early 2000’s by the gas industry to replace the existing contours in all of Europe. The robust design guarantees superior connection quality, minimal risk of leakage and the fuel emissions have been reduced to a very minimum. The single-handed, smooth operation provides a modern refuelling experience for the Autogas customer, considerably better than any other nozzle-connection combination available in the world for Autogas, and also considerably better and cleaner than liquid fuels.
The Euroconnector has been introduced in Spain with great success and is currently being introduced in the U.S. displacing dish, respective ACME connections.
Also known as: ACME thread, ACME adapter, ACME nozzle
This connector has a threaded fitting onto which the petrol pump is screwed before the trigger is pulled to establish a seal before fuel transfer.
Also known as: Dutch Bayonet, Bayonet adapter, Bayonet nozzle
This connector establishes a gas proof seal by a push and twist action.
Also known as: Italian adapter, DISH coupling, Italian dish, Dish adapter, Dish nozzle
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If your LPG system has a different connector than the Autogas station's, you can still fill up your tank. Larger Autogas stations usually sell or at least lend adapters to link the connector on your car to the nozzle at the station.
Photo by Cynthia Mai