8 Jul, 2019 @ 14:55
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British-run transfer company on Costa Blanca ‘first in Spain’ to upgrade VTC-licenced diesel minivan to dual fuel

A BRITISH-RUN transfer company on the Costa Blanca has been the ‘first in Spain’ to upgrade a VTC-licensed diesel car to dual fuel.

Alicante Transfers Ltd made the upgrade this month on a VIP Mercedes Vito mini-van, which is also the first Vito in Spain to receive the new technology.

Duel fuel motors can help to reduce diesel emissions by ‘30% to 40%’ while also reducing cost by up to ‘25%’.

“We are working with Benidorm Town Hall to lead the way in the future of the VTC license,” Alicante Transfers Ltd owner, Dave McQueen, told the Olive Press.

A March 2019 decree from the Valencian Generalitat stated that VTC licences will only be transferred to new cars if they use ‘eco-friendly’ forms of power generation.

The decree states ‘electricity’, ‘hydrogen’, ‘natural gas’, ‘lpg’ and ‘hybrid’ cars will be particularly sought out amongst the new, greener measures.

“Very few mechanics can convert a diesel engine to duel fuel,” Jose from Eco Truck Services, in Zaragoza, told the Olive Press.

“It helps to give new life to diesel engines, which create a lot of emissions, but generally make for better engines than petrol cars.”

McQueen said the procedure cost €4,600, and took 10 days, but his business would soon make back the costs through reduced fuel consumption.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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