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Today’s news seems to be full of green stories, no doubt prompted by the fact that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have produced a new Guide called ‘Right Van Man’ to give individual van buyers and drivers top tips on van choice and use to help cut running costs and CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles.

First out the trap were Euroway with news that they are converting 10 new DAF 6×2 tractor units to run on dual fuel operation, using either diesel or diesel/ LPG mix for ‘specialist refrigerated distribution company’ FreshLinc.

Next up came Citroën saying that the ‘outstanding clean, green performance of the Citroën LCV range is highlighted with the launch of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) database of light commercial vehicle CO2 emissions’.  They then go on to say that ‘Citroën was the first LCV manufacturer to offer the ultra clean particulate filter on its vans. Today, Citroën LCVs have CO2 emissions from just 113g/km.  And six of the seven ranges in Citroën’s comprehensive LCV line-up include models with emissions of less than 200g/km’.

Last and by no means least Tachoblog learns from Volkswagen that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will have the only compact panel van in the UK to be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) when the Caddy EcoFuel goes on sale this summer at the same time as the larger Caddy Maxi EcoFuel which offers an extra 1.0 m³ of loadspace.

Now this is all very good and to be lauded – please don’t think that Tachoblog’s being sarcastic here as that’s most certainly not the case – but this alternative fuel thing is nothing new, take a look at this picture Tachoblog took of a CNG powered vehicle in Puri, Orissa, India back in 2001.  As an aside, did you know that Puri is where we English speakers get the word Juggernaut from?  No, well that’s for another post then…

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