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Top backing for LPG cabs

ECOLOGICAL Engine Company and Calor Gas began the Fleet Show on a high when they received high-profile Government backing for its work to create London's first fleet of liquefied petroleum gas-powered black cabs. The company took part in a £6 million pollution-busting initiative to convert 10 EcoCabs from diesel to run entirely on LPG.

Roads Minister Lord Whitty officially launched the cab in London last week as the doors opened at the Fleet Show 2000 at Birmingham's NEC. The vehicles are Britain's first commercially available gas-powered LT1 cabs and are being marketed through Eco-Alliance, a joint venture between Calor Gas, the Ecological Engine Company and cab dealer KPM UK.

Concerns lead BP to increase refuelling infrastructure

BP is planning to expand its liquefied petroleum gas retail refuelling sites to 100 by the end of the year in response to concerns from fleet managers about the lack of LPG retail sites across the country. By Easter, BP, which operates 41 LPG retail sites, says it will have increased the number to 70 and plans to have 300 by the end of 2003.

Paul Bennett, BP Fuels product manager, said: 'We have listened to a lot of our fleet customers who are talking about converting to LPG but say they are unable to because the infrastructure is not there. LPG is viewed as a core part of our fuel business. We view it as the fuel of now and not just the future. And it provides a win-win situation for fleet customers who stand to save money on their fuel costs and help the environment at the same time.'

He said service stations across the UK were in the process of being refurbished and, where possible, LPG was being installed. JET Autogas, which has 30 LPG retail sites, said it was inundated with inquiries at the show. Gary Enkin, regional sales manager for LPG, said: 'There has been a lot of interest in LPG at the show. We have had some good inquiries from fleet decision-makers.'

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