Alternative Fuels

Chelgate was instrumental in the development of alternative road fuels, working with British Gas Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) during the late 1990s to promote the adoption of this alternative fuel in its compressed (CNG), liquefied (LNG) and petroleum (LPG) forms. The long term programme involved both public relations and public affairs elements.

We worked with The Treasury to achieve a tax differential for road fuel gases, a differential which still exists on the forecourts today. This created the environment for the widespread adoption of road fuels, although this has tended to favour LPG. We also worked with politicians to promote the wider adoption of these fuels, including with the Government Car Services, which provided bi-fuel cars for Ministers and others to use.

Working with the car, bus and LGV vehicle manufacturers such as Volvo, Dennis, Scania and LDV we also undertook significant media relations activities. We worked with early adopters, such as local authorities, bus companies, refuse collection firms and the Government Car Service, to help promote the refuelling facilities and new fleets of vehicles. We helped highlight the practical application, as well as the economic and environmental benefits, of using alternative road fuels.

For further information about our public relations and public affairs services in the alternative road fuels sector please contact Michael Hardware by email or on +44 (0)20 7939 7989.