Welcome to WikiWirral, sharing is what we do best.
Forum Stats
12331 Members
65 Forums
73265 Topics
989431 Posts
47 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
82 registered (alan128, 14 invisible), 1427 Guests and 298 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens 646
Every little helps... 333
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day 183
Benefit Cap is Unlawful 173
VW t4 fixed side window replacement 149
audi specialised pls 139
Ipad 1 charger 116
Kingsway Academy 55
Mainstream Media- Over and Out 34
Portraying A Nation-Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool 17
New General Forums
Mainstream Media- Over and Out
by RUDEBOX
26th Jun 2017 9:35pm
Kingsway Academy
by lincle
26th Jun 2017 10:48am
Theresa May and the Holy Grail
by snowhite
25th Jun 2017 6:17pm
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day
by fish5133
22nd Jun 2017 7:38pm
New Wirral History
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934]
by snowhite
16th Jun 2017 2:03pm
Bascule Bridge
by Sufee
6th Jun 2017 9:09pm
Pathe news short - merseytunnel 1934
by oldpm01
5th Jun 2017 1:57pm
1878 Post Office Directory of Cheshire query
by derekdwc
1st Jun 2017 10:41pm
Bakery at 275 Poulton Road 1925 onwards
by JAFitz
30th May 2017 8:59pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
wirral from Liverpool big wheel
New Brighton Big Wheel
Topic Replies
Every little helps...
by lollipop
Today at 12:02 AM
Apple TV box the 1gen
by Tait1969
Yesterday at 05:20 PM
Sailing volunteers
by dogsbrain
Yesterday at 10:19 AM
Bean to cup coffee machine
by monsterz4
Yesterday at 08:56 AM
Ipad 1 charger
by _Ste_
26th Jun 2017 7:22pm
Portraying A Nation-Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
26th Jun 2017 7:06pm
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by w10694
26th Jun 2017 6:42pm
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by cools
26th Jun 2017 11:27am
live webcam from africa, a must see
by cools
25th Jun 2017 9:01pm
June
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Portraying A Nation-Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
26th Jun 2017 7:06pm
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by w10694
26th Jun 2017 6:42pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#207027 - 15th Feb 2008 11:12am Greener motoring.....
jonah Offline
Forum Guardian

Registered: 29th Nov 2006
Posts: 3992
Loc: 1313 Mockingbird Lane, I live ...
With green issues hitting the headlines, vast swathes of the country resembling Venice and congestion charges threatening to spread to every major city, you might be forgiven for thinking that your days of motoring will be numbered and laden with guilt. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint without surrendering your right to personal transport. Chances are it’ll help your wallet as well as the planet.

Fuels
For years the choice was simple – petrol or diesel. These days however, the choice is broader and more confusing. Depending on where you live, there may be as many as seven different pumps to choose from the question is which ones are going to help you do your bit to save the planet?

• LPG
The first of the ‘green’ fuels to appear on our shores, LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is by far the cheapest available at roughly 50% less than unleaded. It’s a comparatively clean fuel, producing around 20% less CO2 than petrol although fuel consumption is increased. The biggest drawback from an eco viewpoint is that it’s derived from a non-renewable source so isn’t really a long-term answer.

• Bio fuel
Whilst the manufacturers might have pulled the plug on LPG, bio-fuelled models are now appearing on their price lists. Most bio-fuelled cars run on E85, which means that it consists of 85% bioethanol to 15% petrol. Growing the crops to produce the fuel ostensibly helps to lower CO2 levels as it’s absorbed during photosynthesis although this remains debatable when the intense farming methods required are taken into account. It’s currently an expensive fuel to produce so despite substantial tax breaks it remains a similar price to petrol.

• Hydrogen
The holy grail of fuels. It has the potential to be both fully sustainable and emissions free and is not some flight of fancy – BMW has a fleet of 7-series’ running on the stuff. The main hold-ups in bringing it to market are how to store such a volatile substance, overcoming the difficulties involved in ‘splitting’ hydrogen from water and distributing it thereafter. Expect commercial viability within the next 10 years.

Don’t discount petrol and diesel though because recent technological advances mean that they can be as clean as a whistle and take the teeniest sips of fuel.

Cars
The right fuel’s useless if you’re putting it in the wrong car. Here’s a guide to what you should be filling up.

• Toyota Prius
In urban situations hybrids such as Toyota’s Prius are able to run on their (petrol-charged) batteries for a limited time, effectively eliminating emissions. If you live in a built-up, traffic choked area then it may make sense – Ken Livingstone certainly seems to think so – but out of town, the extra weight of the batteries may effectively cancel out their worth.

• Mini Cooper D
Unlike the Prius, the diesel-powered Mini doesn’t wear its environmental credentials on its sleeve. Rather than a headline-grabbing propulsion system, it makes small gains in a number of areas such as regenerative braking and automatically stopping and starting the engine in traffic to create what’s being a dubbed a ‘mild hybrid’. It’s also designed, manufactured and built in England, eliminating polluting shipping. Just goes to show that green can be cool.

• Mitsubishi I
Going back to basics by reducing weight and size, the ‘I’ squeeze four people into an unfeasibly titchy and Tamagotchi-cute package whilst keeping its environmental impact just as tiny. The car that Smart never built.

• Sinclair C5
It’s a low slung, hybrid single-seater that’ll turn more heads than any supercar. Ok so you’ll get drenched if it rains and get a face full of truck fumes in traffic but it’s kind of cool in an ‘80s retro way.

And finally some tips to help with consumption....

Driving style
It’s something that tends to be forgotten, but how you drive has as much to do with fuel consumption and exhaust emissions that what you drive. It’s all obvious stuff but it’s worth going over the basics.

• Don’t floor it away from traffic lights – hard acceleration will ruin your fuel economy and you’ll look like a chav. Ignore this advice if you’re in a Lamborghini – you’ll never resist.

• You might not realise it but heavy braking can actually increase fuel consumption. The key is smooth driving.

• Keep your car in tip-top shape by ensuring that the tyres are properly inflated and you remove roof racks when you’re not using them. Turing off your air conditioning will help too.
_________________________

http://www.myspace.com/jonah1974
stevejones74@hotmail.co.uk


"WELL MY NUTS ARE HALFWAY UP MY ASS, BUT OTHER THAN THAT I'M PERFECT.....! "

Top
Google Ads
#207029 - 15th Feb 2008 11:21am Re: Greener motoring..... [Re: jonah]
StuyMac Offline

Wiki Master

Registered: 24th Nov 2003
Posts: 12002
Loc: Wirralshire
Originally Posted By: jonah
• Hydrogen
The holy grail of fuels. It has the potential to be both fully sustainable and emissions free and is not some flight of fancy – BMW has a fleet of 7-series’ running on the stuff. The main hold-ups in bringing it to market are how to store such a volatile substance, overcoming the difficulties involved in ‘splitting’ hydrogen from water and distributing it thereafter. Expect commercial viability within the next 10 years.


This could be a fantastic fuel!! It wouldnt surprise me though, if it was the government holding its progress up... think

Despite it being so "green" - how much revenue will the government lose - or will they just stick Tax / Duty on tap water ...
_________________________


What If There Were No Hypothetical Questions?

Top

Moderator:  StuyMac 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Every little helps...
by palemoon
Yesterday at 09:43 AM
Portraying A Nation-Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
26th Jun 2017 7:06pm
audi specialised pls
by Little_B
25th Jun 2017 5:02pm
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
23rd Jun 2017 9:38am
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
22nd Jun 2017 7:37pm
For Sale & Free
Bean to cup coffee machine
by monsterz4
Yesterday at 08:56 AM
Ipad 1 charger
by madrob
25th Jun 2017 2:34pm
Washing machine
by GingerTom
20th Jun 2017 9:05pm
22" full 1080p hd and freeview tv
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:50pm
Apple TV box the 1gen
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:48pm
Featured Member
Registered: 31st May 2011
Posts: 1129
Newest Members
Charlotte, OwenChristian, DaveAitch, Fairz87, mikerobbo84
12331 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Portraying A Nation-Germany 1919-1933 Tate Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
26th Jun 2017 7:06pm
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:19pm
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:02pm
Property Law
by lau2908
14th Jun 2017 8:04pm
van driver needed
by futurepast
14th Jun 2017 7:34pm
News : New Topics
Every little helps...
by palemoon
Yesterday at 09:43 AM
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
23rd Jun 2017 9:38am
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
22nd Jun 2017 7:37pm
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
19th Jun 2017 11:42am
Grenfell Tower - Notting Hill
by diggingdeeper
14th Jun 2017 5:13am
New Enthusiast Forums
audi specialised pls
by Little_B
25th Jun 2017 5:02pm
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
22nd Jun 2017 8:00am
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
18th Jun 2017 6:02pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Every little helps... 333
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Wed 4:46am
Sunset Wed 9:45pm
Local Time Wed 1:07am
WikiWirral Can . . . .