Myth: “gas vehicles are too expensive”
Fact: gas vehicles typically cost more to lease or purchase than an equivalent diesel model. However, fuel costs are much lower on a pence per mile basis. Fleets can use the LoCITY Fleet Advice Tool to see how much they can save on a total cost of ownership basis.
Myth: “there isn’t enough refuelling infrastructure for gas vehicles”
Fact: as the Gas Vehicle Hub map shows, there is excellent coverage in England, and providers are planning to add more refuelling stations as more vehicles are being deployed
Myth: “it’s too risky – the vehicles aren’t tried and tested”
Fact: vehicles are supplied by mainstream manufacturers and have been subjected to independent testing by organisations including Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. Contact these organisations to find out more.
Myth: “the vehicles won’t meet my needs – they don’t have the range or payload”
Fact: gas vehicles have comparable range to many diesel vehicles: to prove this, Iveco recently drove an HGV from London to Madrid without refuelling. There is no impact on payload or load volume compared to diesel vehicles.
Myth: “driving and refuelling gas vehicles is dangerous”
Fact: the vehicles are driven in the same way as conventional diesel models, with no additional safety risks. In fact, natural gas is considered safer than petrol or diesel as any leaks vent to the air rather than pooling on the ground. Similarly, refuelling can easily be carried out once basic safety and familiarisation training has been provided.
Myth: “gas vehicles are worse for climate change than diesel”
Fact: although methane is a greenhouse gas, it is not released into the atmosphere. Once burnt, it is much cleaner than diesel in terms of both pollutant emissions and CO2.
Myth: “you can’t drive gas-powered vehicles through tunnels”
Fact: there is a distinction between regulations covering vehicles fuelled by gas and vehicles that tanker large volumes of gas. Vehicles fuelled by gas can drive through most tunnels (categorised as A-C), whereas vehicles that tanker large quantities of gas cannot. However, some tunnels do prohibit entry to gas-powered vehicles, so you will need to check with the individual tunnel operator.