A practical eco-friendly car choice

Jan 09, 12 A practical eco-friendly car choice

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If environmental considerations are among the top priorities for your choice of car, then the two of the most practical choice is to drive a hybrid or an electric vehicle. There are other eco cars UK consumers are choosing to buy, such as those fuelled by LPG or natural gas, but they have certain limitations. For example, there are currently very few natural gas fuelled cars in the UK as there are less than 14 commercial filling stations. One way around this is to use a home fill system like Gasfill, which allows the car to be filled slowly. As for LPG, it’s currently available from 1,500 stations in the UK, but it’s still not always easy to find an LPG station. There are actually fewer available than a few years ago, and that’s probably because of the increased popularity of hybrids and electric vehicles and manufacturers such as Honda putting increasing emphasis on greening their vehicles. For electric vehicles the number of charging points that have been installed in public places has increased, and the government has an initiative to increase the charging network across the country.  However, this is not yet complete and there are certain areas where it’s hard to find places to recharge. So, some drivers are still hesitant to go for electric only vehicles because of the concern of range limitations and the time required to recharge. Hybrids have the advantage of running on both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, so you never need to worry about running out of fuel.  You can fill up the tank at any fuel station, and the electric motor’s battery is recharged as you drive along through regenerative braking. As the motor aids the engine through acceleration there is less strain on the engine and it burns less fuel, increasing fuel economy and reducing the production of CO2 emissions. In today’s dire economy, there are plenty of new car offers to entice drivers to choose certain makes and models, but...

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Can petrol or diesel cars be green now?

Jan 04, 12 Can petrol or diesel cars be green now?

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In today’s world of hybrid cars, electrically powered vehicles and alternatively fuelled cars, it’s interesting to ponder whether conventionally fuelled petrol or diesel cars can be considered green. Obviously, it’s something of a moot point. There are endless shades of grey between the greenest extremes of cars that maximise fuel economy and the other end of the spectrum so beloved by footballers and footballer’s wives! But one car that certainly comes close to striking the right balance between “normality” for want of a better word, and environmental responsibility, is the new honda civic 2012 version. The latest incarnation of Honda’s most famous car is absolutely packed full of new technology that lends it a legitimate “green” air. Honda’s versions of the Civic 2012 are different for the North American and European markets. The latest version has been on sale in North America since April 2011, whereas in the UK, it is only on sale from the start of 2012. The European market’s Honda Civic is a hatchback rather than the saloon version more beloved by Americans. At the moment, no hybrid options are available in the UK, but this could change in the future. But perhaps it doesn’t really need to? Honda’s “Eco Assist” technology is present in the diesel options in Europe – whilst in North America the new Civic is the first petrol-only powered Honda car to use this ground-breaking technology. The system helps drivers to adopt more fuel efficient motoring and has been proven to better fuel economy by around 10% on average – and maybe as high as 15% when used to the optimal maximum. Add to this the radically improved aerodynamics and air-flow, and intelligent grille shutter system, as well as lighter components – and the new Civic can legitimately lay claim to being one of the greenest conventionally-fuelled cars around.   You might also like; Learning to Do New Things Online Geophysical Equipment From Advanced Geosciences Brazilians bikers get into the Mix Saving the Earth, One Apple at...

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