LPG saves van man £20,000
A factory-fitted LPG system in a Ford van is claimed to have saved its owner more than £20,000 since it was first purchased.
The LPG Transit has racked up more than 225,000 miles since it was bought in 2003 by Andy McGarvey for his courier business. During that time, it made numerous trips from his Preston base to London.
“As a logistics company I’m always looking for new opportunities to cut costs,” said McGarvey. When the recession hit, I was able to cut my prices because I was using LPG. At the time I also had a diesel Mercedes Sprinter 311CDI with about 50 per cent more loadspace than the Transit, but everyone went for the cheaper Ford, because it cost less even if it needed two trips that the Mercedes could have done in one.”
McGarvey says the technology has been incredibly reliable and hopes to find out if it will reach 500,000 miles. “I’ve had to call the AA out maybe 30 times because the door lock has jammed, and only once for the LPG – and that was only because we’d run out of petrol it uses to start up before switching to gas! LPG costs me about half what petrol or diesel would. To get to north London from Preston is 230 miles, which costs £38 on gas but would cost £80 in petrol. The last six years have been very tough financially and without the big savings I’ve made using LPG I’d have gone bust. I’ve kept my head above water thanks to LPG – so it’s no exaggeration to say it’s been a real lifesaver for me.”