The company says fleets with vehicles averaging 15,000 miles a year can cut running costs by 15-20% equating to a saving of 2p a mile for cars and vans over their diesel equivalents. Figures produced by the company for cars and vans operating on a four-year replacement cycle reveal that a typical fleet van, covering 30,000 miles a year, will deliver cost savings of up to £2,376 by switching from diesel to Shell auto-LP Gas (liquefied petroleum gas), and a typical fleet car will deliver a saving of up to £1,496.
As diesel vehicles cannot be converted to run on LPG the figures take into account the cost of converting a petrol-engined car or van to LPG. As a result the running costs include a £1,500 conversion cost for a van and a £1,200 cost for a car and have been based on a diesel van returning 30mpg and 18mpg when running on LPG and a diesel car returning 39mpg and 23mpg on LPG.
Pascal Rambaud, managing director, Shell Gas, said: 'It is clear that the Government is committed to encouraging increased use of liquefied petroleum gas. This confidence is now reflected in the decision to accelerate the development of Shell's Auto-LP Gas filling station network, to ensure that our product is more widely available to motorists.'