Can you drive an environmentally friendly estate car?

Feb 09, 12 Can you drive an environmentally friendly estate car?

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If you’re looking for an estate car that is also a hybrid, then your choices are fairly limited. Although hybrids used to be limited to one or two models, there are now a good variety of hybrid cars available as most of the main car manufacturers now produce them. However, few have ventured into the estate market as yet. Of course, it depends what kind of budget you’re working to.  If you’ve got over £41,000 to spend on a car, then the Volvo V70 estate plug-in hybrid will cost you that much. However, you do get an incredible 149mpg in return, with low carbon dioxide emissions of 50g/km. So your running costs come right down as you’ll only pay about £4 to travel 100 miles and there’s no road tax to pay because of the low emissions. Peugeot has just brought out its hybrid estate car – the 508 RXH. It has a 2 litre HDi diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor. On a combined cycle, the Peugeot hybrid estate gets 67.2 mpg and has emissions of 109g/km.  The starting price is around £36,000, but even if you can afford it, you’ll be lucky to get one of these – as there are only 300 of the launch edition being produced. Not everyone has that much money to spend on a car, though. You could spend half as much on an entry-level Honda Insight – which starts at just under £17,000, and you’ll get 64.2 mpg and with carbon dioxide emissions of 101g/km. You’d have to do a lot of miles in the Volvo to make up the difference in the purchase price! Of course, while it’s a hybrid, the Insight is not an estate car, but it has plenty of room for a family to sit comfortably and store their luggage in the boot. You might also like; Providing Cool and Healthy Replenishment for Your ... Effective Methods of Fuel Consumption Measurement Snug and Cosy with Solar Power How the Sun has...

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Brazilians bikers get into the Mix

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In 2009, the latest surge in biofuel powered vehicles took place in Brazil, with the release of a modified Honda motorbike called the Mix. Photo: JSitthi The Mix is a small motorbike that is often driven by couriers and the petrol only version was already a number one seller.  Honda developed the technology behind the Mix in order to produce a more fuel efficient motorcycle. In Brazil, biofuel cars already are in the majority on the roads.  In fact, since 1970 it has been against the law to drive a car that doesn’t run on a blend of ethanol and gasoline. Since 2003, flex fuel cars have been sold in Brazil, and they have electronics to detect what type of fuel is being used. Brazil is the second largest producer of ethanol in the world – producing 30.1 per cent of the world’s supply. It is now increasing its sugar cane production to keep up with the demands of the nation’s drivers for ethanol. The lead producer is the USA, and over two trillion miles have been travelled using ethanol fuel there since 1980. The Mix motorbike can run on just ethanol, just petrol or a mixture of the two.  It has a sensor in the exhaust which can assess what blend of fuel is being used and then alter the fuel injection unit’s action to suit. Honda has answered the market-led demand for a motorbike that can use the flex fuel system. Although the Honda CG 150 Titan Mix Flex (to give it its full title) is not a big motorbike, it’s ideal for the kind of stop start driving motorbike couriers do in the city.  Depending on where you buy it, biofuel can cost half as much as petrol.   You might also like; Biodiesel: How Manufacturers are Joining the Movem... 5 Easy Ways to Green up Your Business The 5 Best Cars for Going Green 7 Tools to Help You Become a Better Social Worker Can This Be Recycled? The Dos...

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