London LPG-powered cab in final testing stages

Autogas Ltd, the Warwickshire-based converter of vehicles, is reportedly in the final round of assessments with Transport for London for LPG taxis.

According to a story on FleetNews.co.uk, Autogas’ LPG powered taxi has now started its final 10,000 mile technology assessment on the streets of London which will recreate the same conditions and typical drive cycles it will eventually encounter when in use.

Paul Oxford, business development manager at Autogas, told the website:  “London, like many other cities and towns across the UK, has a major air quality problem, largely as a result of NOx emissions and particulate matter from diesel vehicles. Giving taxi drivers an immediate and viable opportunity to switch to a fuel source that is much cleaner than diesel will not only help improve local air quality, but it will also extend the usable life of their cab for another five years and save them around £200 a month in fuel costs, so it really is a win-win situation for everyone.”

Under the scheme, older taxis will have their diesel engine replaced with a General Motors’ two-litre petrol engine with full LPG conversion.

“If successful, London will follow the lead of Birmingham who has already introduced more than 60 LPG powered taxis onto its streets in a bid to clean up air quality,” added Oxford.