Citroen revives LPG with Nemo dual fuel vanJuly 18, 2008
Citroen Nemo Dual Fuel Van
With an average price of 58p per litre, LPG is half the price of petrol (119p per litre) and about 40 per cent the cost of diesel (132p per litre). In addition, certain LPG vehicles will now continue to be exempt from the London Congestion charge.
So Citroën’s launch of the new Nemo X 1.4i dual fuel van will make real financial sense. The van can run on either LPG or petrol and will be on sale after the British International Motor Show.
Robert Handyside, Citroën’s commercial vehicle operations manager, says, “Rising petrol and diesel prices, along with the confirmation last week that dual fuel vehicles will retain their London Congestion Charge Zone exemption status, have considerably enhanced the appeal of Citroën Ready to Run dual fuel vans. Both the new Nemo and existing Berlingo First dual fuel vans are exempt from the London Congestion Zone charge as they meet Powershift Band 4 emissions standards.”
The saving in fuel costs alone will help deliver major fuel savings for any UK operator. If the operator is based within the London Congestion Charge Zone or regularly works within it, dual fuel Nemo and Berlingo First vans can deliver considerable additional savings of up to £1,696 p.a.
The dual fuel conversion fitted to the Citroën Nemo X 1.4i dual fuel van is the same technically advanced system which has been proven in approaching 2,000 Berlingo/Berlingo First dual fuel vans. The Nemo conversion includes a 53 litre LPG tank mounted in place of the spare wheel. Nemo dual fuel vans have the same performance characteristics as the petrol engined vehicle.
Robert Handyside adds, “For operation in Congestion Charge zones, both the new Nemo and Berlingo First dual fuel vans are a practical, productive and very economical solution. Whether it is intensive urban operation or inter-city courier use from a London base, NME converted dual fuel vans have proved to be an exceptionally reliable and economical transport option”.
The Citroën Nemo X 1.4i dual fuel van is priced from £8,820 + VAT + delivery.
UPDATE: Citroen launches new Nemo van with Euro 5 1.3 HDi engine which boasts 65.7 mpg at 113g per km CO2
Citroën has also unveiled a new initiative called Airdream. The programme will identify the cleanest and most environmentally friendly vehicles in the Citroën range and award them with the Airdream signature.
There are some 50 vehicles in the current line up that merit the Airdream insignia, from the economical C1 – Europe’s best selling car emitting less than 110g/km CO2 – to the family sized Grand C4 Picasso.
All models carrying the Airdream logo will meet the following criteria:
1) CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km or below 158g/km if fitted with a diesel particulate filter system (DPFS), running on superethanol E85 or fitted with Stop & Start technology.
2) Manufactured in an ISO 14001 certified factory.
3) Designed to be 95% recoverable (recycling and energy recovery) at end of life.
If you have an existing vehicle that you want to convert to run on LPG, then most petrol-engine cars can be converted. As well as being much cheaper than petrol, LPG produces fewer greenhouse gases and toxic emissions, and reduces engine wear.
The cost of conversion for an average car is from around £1600, so the payback period can be as short as 12 months, depending on annual mileage and the size of the vehicle. LPG is now widely available throughout the country – there are some 1400 outlets, including many petrol stations, and the network continues to grow as the price of petrol and diesel soars.
Even if a car is running low on LPG autogas and there is not an outlet in the immediate vicinity, it’s not a problem – you simply fill up with a few litres of petrol because a converted car is able to run equally well on both fuels, and you can change from one fuel to the other without even slowing down.
The UKLPG Approved Installer Scheme, established in consultation with the Department for Transport, currently incorporates nearly 200 conversion companies around the country. Choosing an Approved Installer ensures that the conversion to autogas is carried out in full compliance with all safety, regulatory and warranty requirements.