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LPG Vehicles: The Fleet Solution to Urban Air Quality

It was great to see LPG fuel provider Autogas Limited showcasing OEM LPG vehicles to test drive at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Show last week. Both the Ssangyong Tivoli and Ford Transit Connect Kombi have been launched with right hand drive to generate interest from UK fleet customers and explore the potential market for OEM LPG vehicles, particularly in fleets.

With the government's ambitions to introduce Clean Air Zones in five major cities in the UK and the City of London's proposed plans for Ultra-Low Emission Zones, LPG-fuelled fleet vehicles are already high on the agenda, but to date have relied on the vehicles being converted to run on LPG after they have been purchased. 

Given their targets to reduce costs whilst also tackling air pollution, the presentation of two UK road-ready vehicles that fleet managers can see and drive, demonstrates first-hand to managers the benefits that LPG has as a cleaner and cheaper substitute for diesel:

  • LPG is readily available: With a network of 1,400 fuelling forecourts across the country, it is accessible to all fleet drivers
  • Lower emissions: CO2 emissions are lower than petrol1 , and NOx emissions are 80% less than diesel2. There is also up to 98% fewer particulates in LPG emissions than petrol or diesel vehicles3
  • Clean Air Zones: Vehicles meeting the latest emissions standards, such as those running on LPG, will be exempt from paying to enter clean air zones
  • Significant cost savings: Users could make savings of up to 50% on the pump price of LPG vs traditional fuels giving significantly reduced running costs of up to 40% compared to petrol

With such irrefutable advantages of using LPG, it is great to see OEM vehicles that have previously only been available abroad, now being manufactured to test demand in the UK market. Events like the LCV Show, I hope, will inspire more fleets to look into the OEM options available, and I urge fleet managers in local authorities and companies alike to seriously consider LPG as a solution to meet both air pollution and cost savings targets.

Rob Shuttleworth, UKLPG Chief Executive

1,2,3 Source: Atlantic Consulting Report 2014