Basque Country-based workshop converts first diesel truck to Autogas

Autogas Olaetxe, with offices in the city of Legazpi, has modified a truck’s diesel engine to run on Autogas. It is the first diesel truck to be converted in the province of Gipuzkoa and it is great news for owners of vehicles with a diesel engine, as it enables them to save money on fuel costs and get an environmentally-friendly label from the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) that will allow them to enter urban areas with access limitations in situations of pollution alerts.

While the company has been converting gasoline vehicles to LPG for some time, they have recently been trained to also convert diesel vehicles. Training and obtaining the necessary permits have taken a year. “We can convert any vehicle with a diesel engine: trucks, vans, motorhomes, passenger cars, excavators, and even generators,” said Miguel Ángel Zabaleta, responsible of Autogas Olaetxe.

“If you have a C label from the DGT, you will have an ECO one. In addition, you save 25% in fuel costs. You have to take into account that a truck does many kilometres a year. This mean saving 50 euros a day,” he explained.

Zabaleta also remarked that soon it will be necessary to have an ECO label to enter all cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. “A plumber will need a label and we offer him the opportunity to get it without having to change his vehicle,” he added.

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20 January 2021