Phoenix Taxis in Northumberland, one of the largest taxi operators in North East England, currently owns a fleet of 80 LPG-powered vehicles that save £1,000 each per year, reported Autogas Limited, a joint venture between Shell and Calor. “We began in 1997 with just one or two LPG cars. We knew it could potentially save our drivers a lot of money, which is what attracted us to it in the first place,” said Alexander Hurst, owner and managing director of Phoenix Taxis.
“We noticed the fuel cost savings immediately and we now run a fleet of 80 LPG cars and have run around 250 in total over 17 years,” he also commented, and estimated that running the cars on LPG saves his drivers nearly £1,000 each per year in their fuel bills, a combined total of more than £76,000 across the business each year. Moreover, on average it has taken just six months to pay off the cost of the simple conversion which typically cost around £1,500 for an average four-cylinder engine car.
Phoenix Taxis has even had its own refueling facilities installed, but for other LPG users, there is an established and extensive refueling network across the UK, currently standing at about 1,400 outlets.
“Apart from the cost savings LPG is far cleaner and greener. It’s always been our aim to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and running many of our cars on LPG enables us to do that”, said Hurst. “The LPG cars have proved so popular of our drivers that many of them have even converted their own personal or other family cars onto LPG.”
Source: Autogas Limited