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Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, what her estimate is of the number of forecourts that provide bio-ethanol (E85) for motor vehicles for (a) commercial vehicles and (b) private vehicles. (203166)

There are 23 bio-ethanol refuelling stations in the UK. This information is gathered by the Energy Saving Trust and is not held centrally by Government. It does not differentiate between facilities for commercial and private vehicles.

Current figures are available on the Energy Saving Trust website at

www.est.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, how many infrastructure grants have been given to assist the building of refuelling stations (a) in total, (b) for natural gas/bio gas, (c) for hydrogen and (d) for bio-ethanol. (203167)

Since the infrastructure grant programme was launched in 2005 there have been 23 grants given for all station types. They are broken down as:

natural gas/biogas—five grants awarded;

hydrogen—no grants awarded;

bio-ethanol (E85 and E95)—three grants awarded.

The remaining grants were for electric recharging stations.

The grants equated to the following numbers of stations:

Fuel type

Number of stations funded

Total funding (£000)

Biogas

1

362

Electric

82

171

E85 Bio-ethanol

18

128

E95 Bio-ethanol

1

33

Natural gas

4

154

Hydrogen

0

0

Total

106

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