Tasmanian businesses can now enjoy the benefits of reduced energy costs, lower harmful emissions and increased safety in their material handling operations.
CNG offers significant cost savings compared with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The cleaner fuel has lower emission of particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) than other fossil fuels.
A key safety advantage of CNG is that it is lighter than air and will not settle at floor level during a leak, unlike the heavier-than-air LPG.
According to FRM Toyota sales executive David Oudman, a company with a large fleet of over 20 forklifts could save more than $100,000 a year by switching to CNG.
He adds Tas Gas offers an attractive package that enables savings for customers right from the first week of using CNG.
Tas Gas launched the scheme by unveiling the first four CNG-powered vehicles in the state including a Toyota 8FG25 forklift and two Toyota Aurion cars. Tasmania's Minister for Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy, Nick McKim launched the scheme, which includes development of a fast-fill CNG facility.
David Oudman says that CNG supply from Tas Gas can be contracted on a stable long-term basis to provide price certainty. Since CNG is already being supplied to many sites through the natural gas distribution network, vehicles can be filled from an on-site compressor unit connected directly to that supply, alleviating LPG bottle handling, OH&S and supply issues.
Use of CNG as a complete vehicle fuel is rapidly increasing with over 12 million vehicles worldwide already operating on CNG, including more than 2500 buses in Australia's metropolitan area, says Mr Oudman.