Outdoor advertising firm Clear Channel UK has invested in autogas LPG to fuel its fleet of service vehicles.
The firm chose the fuel for its environmental and financial advantages.
Glenn Ewen, fleet manager, said: “As part of our wider strategy to minimise our impact on the environment, Clear Channel UK has set a target of 84 per cent LPG usage against petrol for 2013. As part of our commitment to this target, we have installed seven bunkers at Clear Channel depots nationwide where our drivers may refuel.”
There are currently 1,400 autogas LPG refuelling outlets across the UK.
Meanwhile, another crucial consideration for Clear Channel’s autogas LPG vans that travel right across the UK cleaning, maintaining and reposting some 60,000 bus shelters, billboards and other advertising sites, is that the fuel emits significantly less particulates than diesel which makes them especially well-suited to city centres, where air quality is of great importance.
Compared to petrol, autogas LPG produces 50 per cent less oxides of nitrogen and 17 per cent less carbon dioxide.
And although not necessarily a deciding factor, but another reason for Clear Channel is that a lot of its fleet operates in urban areas at night when residents cannot be disturbed and the autogas LPG vans are the quietest in its fleet.
Paul Oxford, Autogas business development manager, said: “For some it’s the environmental angle while for others it’s the significant cost savings, although normally it’s a mixture of both.
“However, it’s not every day that we hear that one of the reasons is because autogas LPG vans are quieter; although that’s a valid enough reason by itself.”