LPG appeal to fleet managers at Cenex
Published: 12 September, 2016
LPG should be seen as a viable alternative fuel by fleet managers as concern over urban air quality continues to rise, says UKLPG, the trade body that represents the LPG industry.
It is encouraging fleet managers to consider LPG-fuelled vehicles as a way to address urban air quality and reduce the cost of running a fleet. It cites recent success in conversion projects, and more than 60 black cabs being converted to run on LPG as part of the ongoing NOx Reduction Champions project in Birmingham.
Two LPG vehicles will be on the Autogas stand and available for test drives at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Show in Millbrook on September 14-15: the Ford Transit Connect Kombi, a mid-sized van that can also be converted into a seven seater people carrier, and the Ssangyong Tivoli, a compact SUV.
Each has been produced to gauge interest from fleet customers for the demand in the UK. There will also be an LPG powered London Black cab for visitors to view the technology used in the Birmingham project and which is currently being evaluated for London too.
‘With the government’s intention to introduce Clean Air Zones in five major cities in the UK, alternative fuel vehicles are a key consideration,’ said Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG.
‘This – coupled with the City of London’s proposed adaption of the Congestion Charge Zone to become an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, which targets commercial vehicles rather than domestic users – means that finding alternatives to the standard diesel vehicles will be very high on any fleet manager’s agenda.
‘Having two road-ready vehicles that fleet managers can see and drive is a real step forward to help LPG be considered as a real alternative to diesel for fleet managers. These vehicles have been produced to determine the demand in the market and this is a positive step forward to raise awareness of LPG as an alternative to diesel fleet vehicles that are high in NOx emissions.’
Jane Lindsay-Green, general manager at Autogas, said: ‘The vehicles that we will be demonstrating on our stand are already available across Europe and further afield, and are viable options for fleet vehicles that provide up to 99 per cent reduction in NOx emissions when compared to diesel alternatives.
‘Many fleet managers have looked at alternatives to diesel but have discounted electric vehicles for fleets that have to cover many miles without the chance to stop and recharge the vehicle. With LPG fuelled vehicles, they use a cheaper fuel as its primary source, which is available UK-wide through an established network of forecourts, removing any potential limitations and are often a more financially viable alternative to electric vehicles.’