Organisation with UK’s largest LPG fleet also to use bio-diesel

Humberside Police, which runs the UK’s largest fleet of vehicles fuelled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG), has begun testing the use of ‘e-diesel’ for those vehicles that cannot be converted to LPG.

The Humberside Police Force has 440 vehicles, 282 of which are run on LPG (see related feature). Of the remaining vehicles, many cannot be converted, particularly those that run on diesel. The police force has now decided to run 46 of the remaining vehicles, from BMWs to HGVs, on ‘e-diesel’.

The fuel is a mix of 5% recycled vegetable oil and 95% diesel, and is expected to produce an 8% increase in efficiency, Alan Hocking, Transport Manager for Humberside Police, told edie.

The police force will be testing ‘e-diesel’ for six months, and has already completed the first month of testing. Although it is currently too early to draw any significant conclusions, some drivers claim that they have already noticed a difference. “I have had some comments that the vehicles seem to be running smoother,” said Hocking. According to Ebony Solutions, the company that provides Humberside Police with ‘e-diesel’, the fuel may result in less wear on engines due to its extra lubricity.

Ebony Solutions states that it is looking for companies that can provide waste vegetable oil for its ‘e-diesel’.

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