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Lower your harmful emissions with LPG Commercial Vans

Element Energy, a leading UK low carbon energy consultancy, commissioned by Autogas Limited, the UKs’ leading retailer of vehicle LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has recently reported on the scope of petrol and LPG van market in the UK. Commercial vans operate in the urban environment and are a significant contributor to the major air quality and public health issues that now exist in our towns and cities. 

The potential market size (between 2,000 and 260,000) is comfortably above the trigger levels manufacturers need to bring petrol or LPG ready models, already available in Europe, to the UK. At the higher end this would result in annual emission savings of up to 2,400 tonnes of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and 23 tonnes of particulate matter (PM). Carbon emissions savings are up to 0.8 tonnes per year (compared to diesel) or 1.1 tonne per year (compared to petrol vans)*.

Poor air quality in our cities has been estimated to lead to over 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. The main health effects that are known to arise from poor air quality are heart disease and poor lung function.

The Government sees clean air as essential for making sure the United Kingdom (UK) is a healthy and prosperous country for people to live and work. To combat this growing crisis they introduced the 2017 Air Quality Plan with strict guidelines on reducing harmful emissions from road transport. This includes measures to restrict diesel vans from entering some of the major towns and cities.

Converting vans to run on LPG will provide significant emissions benefits including being cleaner than diesel vans (NOx and PM), and having lower CO2 emissions than petrol and diesel (or significantly lower, if renewable ‘bioLPG’ is used).

However the lack of supply of petrol/LPG ready vans is a major barrier for fleets and motorists to be able to take advantage of these essential benefits.

At present, diesel is the primary fuel option in the van sector. Whilst there are currently no off-the-shelf LPG models available in the UK (despite such vehicles being readily available in the European market), petrol vans cans be easily converted to run on LPG by a network of accredited UK converters for c.£2,000

Several UK converters have already developed Euro 6 standard van LPG conversions, with payback in less than 5 years compared to diesel, with a typical mileage of 25,000km/year.

LPG is readily available from an existing network of over 1,300 refuelling points nationally that can be easily and rapidly expanded at no cost to the taxpayer. Further to this, drivers of LPG powered vehicles typically experience fuel bill savings of between 20% and 40%.

*Source Element Energy Report 2018 – The scope for Petrol and LPG vans in the UK.

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