RUNNING ON NATURAL GAS

Blackburn Council is to date the only legal operator of natural-gas powered vehicles in Great Britain. At present Blackburn has nine gas powered vehicles: two Freight-Rover 3.5-tonne tippers, two Freight Rover vans, and five Bedford Astra vans. These vehicles were converted from petrol-engined vehicles to dual-fuel vehicles. Stop-start and cold-start operations with gas show less engine wear, no sludge formation and no dilution of oil on cylinder bores, so oil-drain periods can be extended. Spark-plug life is estimated at 250,000 miles, and exhaust systems last indefinitely because of the cleaner emissions with negligible acids formation. A gas conversion kit can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle, the initial cost being in the region of 1,000 pounds Sterling. Ultimately, the whole-life cost, including fitting, seems likely to be well within 400 to 500 pounds Sterling per vehicle--cheaper than a catalytic converter.

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    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
    London SW1 25F,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Leeming, D
  • Publication Date: 1989-9

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  • Pagination: p. 33, 35
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  • Accession Number: 00488562
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM