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Petrol engines emit less particulates (soot) than diesel engines but sourcing these fossil-based fuels is increasingly scarce, environmentally-damaging and dangerous. However, experts expect the market for internal combustion engines will continue to grow for at least another 30 years (from 2011). Combustion engines can be made more efficient through better lubricants, additives, fuel-blends and flexi-fuel (i.e. biofuel or LPG) lightweight materials and clever turbo-charging. [ICE Diagram courtesy of http://www.schwabenkart.de]
Leading geophysicists predict that peak-oil is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate, with increasingly negative social and ecological consequences. Are you ready to switch?
As an eco designer it won’t come as a surprise that I'm no petrol head motoring journalist but I have had the chance to drive a number of pure electric cars over the years - many with varying degrees of success and just a little anxiety.
The 2012 Eco-Rally logistics team will be using Zipcars and Zipvans for all essential rally support and representatives from Zipcar will be on hand at the start and finish lines to answer any queries. Joining a car club means having means saving money and emissions. A typical Zipcar member saves £3,162 per year vs. owning their own vehicle.
Westminster City Council has partnered with Zipcar to give members access to shared cars parked across the city. Each Westminster Car Club vehicle aims to remove 15-20 privately-owned vehicles from the road, meaning less emissions and less parked cars. Member benefits include free fuel, free insurance and no congestion charge. There is an extensive range to choose from including the new Vauxhall Ampera. As most trips taken by Zipcar members are under 35 miles they could be completely free from tail-pipe emissions.
The new Vauxhall Ampera is an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) that is already in use by several police forces around the world. Free of the usual restrictions of batteries, it offers lively electric performance and a range of up to 360 miles. Winner of over 40 awards including the 2012 European Car of the Year and a challenge by the Association of Chief Police Officers to incorporate a range of future technology into an advanced hybrid car.
Dr Dominic Emery is Chief Development Officer for BP Alternative Energy, which was created at the end of 2005 and now comprises biofuels, wind and corporate ventures, with a plan to invest $8 billion in alternative energy over ten years. Dominic's current responsibilities include corporate venture investment, strategy and investor relations for Alternative Energy.<
Joining a car club means having means saving money and emissions,. A typical Zipcar member saves £3,162 per year vs. owning their own vehicle. Car club models available in the UK emit 20% less CO2 per kilometer than the average British car. In the US, 10% of the population is expected to adopt car sharing as their primary mode of transportation. Millions of people saving billions of gallons of gas and oil. Factor in the savings and you've got an economic revolution.
The new Vauxhall Ampera is the UK’s first extended range electric vehicle (EREV) which can be plugged in to charge, but crucially it also uses a 1.4L petrol generator to keep the batteries charged on the go. Free of the usual restrictions of batteries, it offers lively electric performance and a range of up to 360 miles. Winner of over 40 awards including the 2012 European Car of the Year, What Car? magazine’s Green Car of the Year and Top Gear magazine’s Green Car of the Year. No wonder Quentin Willson is a proud owner.