Compliance. Low carbon. Green options. Alternative fuels. The jargon alone is enough to actually almost turn you green! But the truth is that, when it comes to making the change to an environmentally friendly van, just like your dinner, any greens are good. So let’s talk about natural gas/biomethane.
Another day, another acronym in the saga of going green; but this one is pretty easy to remember: Compressed Natural Gas. If it sounds familiar, it’s because most of us are already using it in our day-to-day life. It’s the same gas used in our boilers and gas cookers, only now we get to run our vans on it as well!
How? Well it’s used in conjunction with the same kind of engine used in petrol vehicles (spark ignition), but the gas is stored on board in pressurised receptacles. Now, the eagle-eyed of you may have noticed at the beginning of the post we also mentioned biomethane – so what’s the difference? Also a very simple explanation: natural gas is a fossil fuel, but biomethane is a sustainable version of it produced from organic waste. Couldn’t be greener if you tried…
At a Glance
CNG vehicles are certainly up for the job as an option for those doing self employed courier work, with long range capabilities and up to 300 miles per tank. But in order to make an informed decision you’ll also need to know:
It’s also important to know what incentives the government is offering in terms of CNGs before you decide if it’s the green option for you.
Because its levels of tailpipe emissions are similar to diesel engines, CNGs are not as highly incentivised as electric vehicles. However, the government is offering lower fuel duty, which is fixed until 2025 at 3.16p/l or 24.7p/kg.
Switching to a natural gas/biomethane vehicle is just one of the options on offer when you’re looking for an appropriate solution to ensure you comply with the upcoming legislation. But it’s horses for courses, so they may or may not be for you. Have a read of the other posts in this series to see what else is on the market before you make your decision on which green suits you best…
Stay ‘in-the-loop’ with the latest news, products and services from Courier Exchange.
Well, it appears I may have to eat a small serving of my words this week. Why am I embarrassed, you might ask? Well, if you were paying attention you'll know that last week I published a post about how I was glad owner driver jobs were becoming more popular in order to offer some healthy competition to Royal Mail. I was saying I think it's a lesson for the Post Office not to get smug and to actually update their prices.Read the full article
What’s good for us is good for you. The ever-growing demand for freight capacity has seen the Transport Exchange Group grow steadily over the last two decades. That means more drivers and more loads all round.Read the full article
The first quarter of a new year is always a time to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the previous twelve months. It’s not just about giving yourself a pat on the back, though, it’s also a way of checking that you’re on track towards new goals and bigger and better challenges.Read the full article
For owner driver Bill Barlow, the Courier Exchange offers flexibility, freedom and the opportunity to earn plenty of money from his one man business.Read the full article
Talk to us! On the phone, online or in person… we’re here to help.
CX Fleet 3.0 is out now - a powerful app for remote fleet management.
Tap into peak efficiency today!Watch CX fleet in action