Councils, businesses and fleets around the UK are being invited to experience the environmental benefits, convenience and cost saving opportunity of running their vehicles on autogas LPG as part of Clean Air Day.
The invitation has been issued by Autogas Limited, the UK’s leading supplier of automotive LPG, who has a fleet of vehicles which can be used for evaluation purposes including taxis and vans.
With more than 40,000 premature deaths occurring each year as a result of poor air quality, many local authorities and businesses are looking at how they can reduce their impact on the environment. As part of the Government’s Air Quality Plan, a number of councils across the UK are required to introduce a Clean Air Zone or a local action plan designed to tackle the problem in their area.
While many authorities are looking towards electric vehicles as part of a long-term solution, autogas LPG offers an immediate answer to the air quality problem. Indeed, vehicles running on autogas LPG produce 99 percent fewer particulates than diesel or petrol models, 80 percent less NOx than diesels and 7 percent less CO2 than petrol vehicles. What’s more, users of LPG vehicles do not have the range of anxiety problems associated with electric vehicles and even when they do need refuelling, there is an established network of more than 1,300 refuelling stations around the UK to choose from.
“Clean Air Day is a great way to raise awareness about air quality issues but the air quality problem requires a fundamental shift in attitudes and strategy in order to solve it in the long-term,” comments Holly Jago, general manager, Autogas Limited. “Councils are under extreme pressure to deliver immediate improvements and by inviting them to trial our range of LPG powered vehicles, they can see for themselves just how easy it is to make a dramatic improvement to their fleet emissions.”
A number of councils are already benefiting by including LPG with their vehicle mix. London, Birmingham and Edinburgh councils have all given the backing for use of the fuel in black cabs operating within their cities while Anglesey council run a fleet of 80 vans on the cleaner fuel source cutting not only their emissions but also saving them an estimated £100,000 per year in fuel costs.
Councils wishing to find out more or take advantage of Autogas’ vehicle trial information can contact them on 01527 894 123 or visit www.autogaslimited.co.uk.