The UK’s government car fleet used to transport ministers around the country is analysing the merits of a diesel-powered car fitted with a particulate filter as an alternative to liquified petroleum gas-powered cars, according to a report in Fleet News.

The report says that the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) was one of the earliest adopters of LPG cars in the UK and committed to converting the fleet to run on environmentally friendly LPG fuel wherever possible.

However, it has recently puchased a Peugeot 607 HDI in order to assess its environmental and emissions performance.

Nick Matheson, chief executive of the GDCA, told Fleet News: ” The use of LPG was a very good way of kick-starting an improvement in our environmental performance, but over the last five years engine design has come on significantly and the gap between cleanliness of LPG and very modern engines is closing rapidly.”

Fleet News adds that diesel engines produce significantly lower emissions of CO2 than LPG engines, but suffer on other emissions, most notably particulates.

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