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Alternative Fuels
What are the pros and cons?

Payload
If you purchase a new (dual fuel) vehicle or convert an existing vehicle you may lose some payload space, taken up by the additional gas fuel tank. However the vehicle will be able to travel around 700 miles in one journey, using both petrol and gas if necessary.

 Fuel Consumption
Due to the fact that alternative fuels are cheaper than diesel or petrol, a gas or electric vehicle will travel further per £1 of fuel purchased. It must also be noted that due to the fact that gas has a lower calorific value than petrol or diesel, you actually get slightly fewer miles per gallon, however the price differential compensates.

Refuelling
Approximately 1500 LPG refuelling sites are in operation throughout the UK. On Merseyside alone there are currently 23 LPG refuelling stations.
A map will be put on this page soon.
Businesses can even have their own filling station fitted on site.

Cost
If you wish to convert an existing vehicle, there is an initial cost of approximately £1500. If you can secure funding through the UK Governments Powershift scheme www.powershift.org.uk this may be reduced by 60-80%. At 35p/litre, a medium sized saloon car (i.e Vauxhall Vectra) travelling 12,000 miles per year will save approximately £400 per year.

Road Tax on LPG vehicles is also reduced, as the cost of the 'tax disc' is now based on the CO2 emissions produced by the vehicle. Lower engine wear can be expected, leading to reduced maintenance costs and extended engine life.


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