WITH fuel prices forming a major part of your business transport outgoings, finding ways to cut costs is as important as ever. So, how does spending around 40% less on fuel sound?
It was certainly an appealing prospect for theatrical and wedding props business, Vowed & Amazed, when the company needed an extra van after an increase in business earlier this year.
Our LPG-converted Transit is just the job and you can’t notice any difference in performance when it switches from petrol to autogas LPG
Stuart Thorn, who runs the company jointly with his wife Caroline, had heard about how much cheaper autogas LPG was compared with petrol or diesel, so he put an LPG-converted model at the top of his shopping list.
Having bought a 2005-model Ford Transit Connect, ready converted to run on LPG, the business has dramatically cut its outgoings with filling up costing typically 40% less at the pump than with petrol.
And keeping running costs down also allows the company to pass on some of the savings to its customers, including the newlyweds who are celebrating their special day with one of their illuminated signs – typically love hearts and letters – or other bespoke props.
Stuart Thorn told Business Vans: “I do most of the driving for the business, which is based between High Wycombe and Beaconsfield but has customers all across southern England and stretching up to the Midlands.”
He said it was important to have a van that’s no different to drive than the equivalent petrol or diesel version, especially as he covers around 14,000 business miles a year.
“Our LPG-converted Transit is just the job and you can’t notice any difference in performance when it switches from petrol to autogas LPG. However, the big difference you do notice is when you visit the forecourt and fill up thanks to it being so much cheaper,” he said.
Autogas Ltd is a joint venture between Shell and Calor and has LPG refuelling installations on more than 215 petrol forecourts throughout the UK.