Environmental watchdog English Nature has decided to switch its entire 160-strong diesel-powered car fleet to liquefied petroleum gas.
The Peterborough-based government agency is making the switch because it feels that gas power is more in keeping with its green transport policy as it produces less environmentally-harmful emissions.
English Nature expects to make a fuel cost saving, although it says that cost is a distant second to environmental concerns.
The agency operates from 22 regional offices throughout the UK but believes there is adequate LPG supply not to make re-fuelling an issue.
According to fleet manager Marita Johnson, English Nature drivers are universally happy with the decision to switch to LPG after driving gas-powered demonstrators supplied by Vauxhall and realising there is no loss of performance.
The agency has ordered 1.6 litre 16v LPG-powered Vauxhall Astra estates and hatchbacks and has just taken delivery of the first batch of 20.
It will also be ordering Dualfuel Vectras and Zafiras, and Marita Johnson calculates that it will be two years before the whole car fleet has switched to gas power.Published 12 November 2002