Airco moves to vegetable oil for vehicle fuel

Airco group moves to vegetable oil

Airco Group, based in Hull, is converting its new fleet of vehicles to run on vegetable oil. The company operates throughout the UK servicing, maintaining and installing all aspects of air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and electrical systems and has bought state-of-the-art equipment to make its own biofuel on site to power its fleet of cars and Ford Transit vans.

Neil Fisher, managing director, explains that the company had just renewed its fleet of 40 company vehicles and was looking for greener, more efficient forms of energy when they learned about the equipment available to convert used cooking oil into biofuel to power the fleet.

He says, ‘Everyone has seen how the price of fuel can fluctuate, so we were very keen to find an alternative. Although there is an outlay for the machinery to convert the oil into fuel, we believe it will pay for itself in a matter of months.’

Airco has also recently launched a £1 million apprenticeship scheme after discovering a shortage of engineers trained to the standard it expects. Its 26 apprentices attend Grimsby College of Technology for classroom learning as well as gaining vital practical experience with Airco.

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