On September 9, 22 assorted vehicles, all running on LPG/Autogas, will be setting off from Land's End in Cornwall for John O’Groats in Scotland. The challenge is to drive economically, so that the percentage difference between petrol and LPG is as small as possible. OEMs, main dealers, autogas converters, and the general public can all compete to win this national award.
Mark Wain says, 'We will head to Land's End, fill up with LPG and be set off by an MP who is green minded. We will then continue to Gloucester where we will fill up with LPG. Then we will head for the next filling station in Bolton, and then the hotel for the second night away. The following morning, we head to Edinburgh and then on to Inverness for the autogas next fill up, then hotel for the last night away. The following morning it's up to John O’ Groats and back to Inverness for the last autogas fill up.
After the trip is completed, then there are the results to assess; such as what MPG/CO2 each vehicle achieved and what that would mean for the average motorist who is looking at alternative fuels as well as demonstrating how easy LPG was to find and what is the national average price for LPG.
Among the entries are two vans that will be doing the trip on an LPG/Diesel blend and a Toyota Prius will also be completing this challenge as a Tri-fuel vehicle.
The entrance fee is set at £250.00 this covers accommodation (with the team of two sharing a room), breakfast, and coaches to the evening events but if an LPG Equipment suppliers can sponsor an award that will help the final donation to Help the Heroes. LPG Equipment suppliers have a chance to prove their systems are better than the competition's as a league table will be drawn up at the end listing the equipment used, its MPG was, reliability and, if the cars are signwritten, a chance to raise public awareness for the product.
At every filling up point the press will be taking photographs and filming, so this is an opportunity for the fuel suppliers to show they are at the forefront of the autogas industries as well as promoting a filling station. What we are asking from the LPG fuel suppliers is to donate the LPG fuel at one filling point only, and for the driver that involved in the autogas challenge and, if funds allow, to organise a buffet for the drivers. This will be a national public interest story showing the environmental potential of Autogas. The challenge will highlight how little the emissions are and how inexpensive it is to drive on autogas. The autogas companies will be showcasing the latest developments within the autogas industry, namely diesel enrichment, tri-fuelled vehicles etc. This is not a race, it’s a driving challenge to get the best MPG out of a vehicle on petrol and LPG. Numerous trophies will be awards will be awarded in various categories.
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