by Dom Wiseman

Lehr Australia are offering a cleaner alternative to the standard petrol engine. This green initiative is both environmentally friendly and cost effective, and a genuine alternative to gasoline. Lehr outboard engines are proudly the world’s first propane powered outboards.

Founded in 2004, Lehr has been distributing their propane outboards in Australia since 2015. The Australian company produce a range from 2.5 to 15hp. The propane engines can be connected to a variety of different sized propane tanks, with a simple Twist ’n Go connection, including 2.5hp and 5hp camping cannisters. Alternatively, if you’re looking at longer run times, you can connect to a standard LPG tank with the provided 4′ hose assembly. Lehr Australia also produce three different sizes of composite gas containers inhouse.

Lehr 15hp outboard engine dinghy

There is a plethora of advantages to switching to a propane outboard engine. Propane is up to five times more efficient than other fuels. Containing three carbon molecules compared to the eight contained by gasoline, propane produces significantly less carbon emissions, statistically between 65-70%. Propane is also easier on the back pocket, usually costing around 30% less than gasoline and with propane produced locally, prices are expected to remain low. Propane is equally a clean fuel, meaning that your engine will run cleaner and require far less maintenance.

All of Lehr Australia’s propane outboard models are four-stroke engines. The engines are an easy start, electronic ignition, with pressure lubrication and thermostatically controlled water cooling. There is no choke, no priming, no winterising and as propane doesn’t contain ethanol, gummed up carburettor components have been eliminated. The engines are easy to transport, and propane requires zero messy handling, with propane able to be stored indefinitely.

With propane engines up to fifty times cleaner than gasoline engines, Lehr Australia is planning to grow its local dealer network in the near future, as demand increases for its world first propane powered outboard engines.