Friday 23rd September 2016
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:
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
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