So you’ve decided what type of pump works best for your particular application, now it’s time to decide how to power that pump. Choosing between a gas powered pump motor and an electric one can be a bit more nuanced than you might expect.

We’ve put together a list of factors to consider when choosing an electric powered vs gas powered pump motor


One of the first elements to consider is the kind of power you’re looking for in your application. Gas powered pumps are typically more powerful than their electric counterparts. For applications such as utilities and industrial fluid handling, the higher PSI ratings provided by gas pumps are necessary.

For applications requiring about 2000 PSI or less, electric is usually the more sensible choice. Electric powered pumps are well suited for commercial applications such as pest control or misting.

Maintenance and Versatility

Generally speaking, gas pumps require more overhead to operate. They contain more mechanical components and require regular inspections to ensure things like oil levels and cooling systems are well maintained. Moreover, there are greater limits to where they can operate. A bulky fuel tank means a bigger footprint and typically can’t be operated indoors without proper safety and ventilation equipment.

Electric pumps, on the other hand, require less maintenance as they are usually sealed units with fewer exposed components. They provide better mobility and flexibility in where they can operate compared to gas power pumps.


Internal combustion engines make a good deal of noise. If noise level is a concern, a quieter electric pump is likely the better option. However, for many industrial applications, there aren’t any restrictions on decibel levels so gas pumps are perfectly acceptable.

Run Time

The run time of gas powered pumps is limited to the size of their fuel tank. If space isn’t an issue, larger tanks can greatly extend the run time of their pumps. If someone is on-hand to refuel regularly, this may not be a big issue.

Nowadays, the batteries used in electric pumps are starting to give gas powered pumps a run for their money. The leaps and bounds made in battery life over the past few decades have made run times a much smaller concern for electric pump owners.


When talking about price, there are two factors to consider: purchase price and operating costs. Ordinarily, gas pumps have a higher upfront price tag because of their greater complexity and number of parts.

However, one thing that companies need to consider is the volatility of operating costs for gas pump motors. Fluctuations in gas prices can have a huge impact on the cost of running your pump. The cost of electricity, on the other hand, is stable and not prone to market fluctuations.

Gas or Electric

Ultimately, the choice between gas pump or electric pump motors comes down to application. What kind of power do you need? Do you require mobility and versatility? Is decibel level an issue? Most of these questions can be answered based on application. However, if you still have questions about your pump choice, PumpBiz is here to help. Give us a call or browse our catalog. We’ll help you make the right choice.