Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside and Surrey forces have all taken Astra patrol cars converted to run on liquid petroleum gas by Vauxhall Special Vehicle Operations. The three-year Powershift programme is designed to create a sustainable market for alternatively fuelled vehicles and to raise awareness of their viability. The Energy Saving Trust hopes the 12-month exercise will act as a catalyst to further increase demand for LPG vehicles following the Government's decision to cut in duty on gaseous fuels.
Conversion costs are around £1,500 per vehicle, but the dividend is much lower fuel costs and significantly reduced maintenance. Further details about the Powershift programme are available on 0345 277200.