Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Autogas To Start Trial With Converted Diesel Taxi To New Petrol/Gas In London.

  The Autogas Taxi- cleaner, cheaper solution 

Autogas is shortly to commence a trial in London of a traditional black London taxi running on LPG.

The company, which has the largest network of automotive LPG refuelling pumps in the UK, hopes the cab will be approved by Transport for London for use later this year.

The vehicle, which has had its diesel engine replaced by a petrol engine converted to run on LPG, will be run 24 hours a day in order to speed up the process, which includes a 10,000 mile durability test.

Autogas believes the LPG re-powering solution will prove attractive to black cab owners who want to extend the working life of their vehicle in London rather than invest immediately in a brand-new one.

Paul Oxford, business development manager of Autogas, said: “Not everyone is going to rush out and buy a new vehicle straightaway. If someone is coming up to retirement, for example, why buy a new cab?

“By converting with an approved LPG system they can get another five years of service from the vehicle, as well as dramatically reducing air pollution and making substantial savings on fuel costs."


Currently London imposes an age limit of 15 years on black cabs with diesel engines. In contrast, approved LPG conversions can be exempted and allowed to run for another five years, up to 20 years old.

This provision is important in the run-up to 2018, when all new hackney carriages in London will have to be zero emission capable as part of the city’s drive to reduce air pollution. Taxis which are already licensed won’t be affected.

Birmingham City Council has already backed LPG as an alternative fuel which will help reduce air pollution in the city. Sixty-three of the city’s taxi fleet are being 'repowered' from diesel engines to petrol engines running on autogas LPG.

Initial emission testing at MIllbrook has shown the LPG technology produces 80% fewer NOx emissions compared with a normal diesel powered version, as well as a 99% reduction in sooty particulate matter.

At around 55p a litre, LPG is also cheaper than conventional fuels. Repowering of a taxi costs around £8,000 and takes around three days.

It's surprising that both the new Mayor and former Mayor made no attempt to look at the benifits of LPG in the London a Taxi fleet. Instead they are expecting drivers to invest in an untried technology with suspect health issues to the drivers (and regular users).

4 comments:

Alan Fisher said...

We had three of the cabs at Dial-a-Cab last week with drivers speaking to Autogas and test driving the cabs. 120 turned up in the 5 hours with most saying the converted cabs were wonderful and far better than the originals, The PR was also behind because the test cab is substantially through the 10,000 miles and they are confident that it will be passed within a few months. What was impressive was that the conversion involved a brand new Opal petrol engine rather than a revamped old one...

peter bray said...

In reference to what allan fisher said This techology,including the additional 5 year extension to the life of the cab, is nothing new. It was developed by Gastech UK, and has beeen available for the TX2, for the past 3 years inlondon and the greater UK. And can be purchased through gastech's representative, Battersea Autogas.
This system is currently the only TFL approved LPG engine powered Cab and has done and passed the 10,000 miles durability trial. The difference is that the Gastech system has maintained the TX2's original Mechanical Integrity By useing a brand new current spec ford Duratorque motor (not Refurbished). Which is 2.4 litre and manufactured specifically as a LPG Engine, not a petol engine with an add on Gas Kit. By using the original 2.4 litre instead of a 2 litre engine gastech have been able to match all the additional power and torque figures required by the by the TX2 transmission to maintain its smooth operation.
Gastech's TX2 passed Euro 6 with figure 60% better than the required standard. With the nox reduction being the standout, which was in excess of 85% better than the diesel TX4.
So for more information give Claudio at battersea Autogas a call +44 20 8871 2233

Paul Black Cab said...

Why only 5 years more??
Doesn't seem fair.
And why can't we have brand new tx's with LPG.
A question for the orgs😩

I suppose hey are on this 😂😂😂

Stanley Roth said...

Paul Black Cab In the 2003 review of the Conditions of Fitness is stated that there would a 15 year age limit reducing to 12 years except for LPG taxis. However when the age limit came in I was told it covered all cabs. So I pointed out that LPG cabs were exempt John Mason said no. However the best I could get was 5 years extra. I have test driven 2 LTI gas cabs one was CNG (Methane) FX4 and the other was a TXl LPG ford petrol engine. LT! have staated in the pass they would build LPG taxis! I am still waiting