Alexander Hurst, owner and managing director of Phoenix Taxis, estimates 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.
The LPG cars have proved so popular with their drivers that many of them have even converted their own personal or other family cars onto LPG.
Switching to LPG has proved very economically viable for Alexander. On average it has taken just six months to pay off the cost of the simple conversion which typically costs around £1,500 for an average four-cylinder engine car. It’s not just the cost savings that are important. LPG is far cleaner and greener. In recent years air pollution has become an issue in many of Britain’s major cities. Aside from producing less CO, than petrol and diesel, LPG produces 20 times less oxides of nitrogen than diesel, helping to reduce the problem of air pollution in cities up and down the country.
Alexander told Environment Industry Magazine: “One of the added benefits of LPG is that it is so unremarkable! Both drivers and customers alike can’t notice any difference in the performance against a petrol or diesel model. And they are also probably unaware that by using our taxis they’re doing their bit to help the environment.”
Phoenix Taxis has even had its own refuelling facilities installed, but for other autogas LPG users there is an established and extensive refuelling network across the UK, currently standing at about 1,400 outlets.