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Commented On: New Mileage Rules Encourage Small Cars To Become Big Trucks For Lower MPG


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As the designer of the world first commericial jet airliner The DH Comet said to his design engineers:

"Add Lightness!"

This was repeated by Colin Chapman of 1960s Lotus F1 fame.

Even in the EU cars have become ridiculously huge - in the name of safety but actually with smaller roads than in the US, collisions are now more likely as driers are less aware of the outside dimensions of their lumbering "mid-sized" compacts!

Commented On: 2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012


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source: http://www.ifg.org/pdf/DClithiumfullreportenglish.pdf

Commented On: 2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012


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Lithium Battery Production Implications:

"One of the most important concerns is about the potentially devastating impacts that lithium exploitation could have on the region’s environment, concerns that the Bolivian government is not treating nearly as seriously as it must.
“Like any mining process, it is invasive, it scars the landscape, it destroys the water table and it pollutes the earth and the local wells. This isn’t a green solution - it’s not a solution at all.” – Guillermo Gonzales, Leader of the Chilean delegation to Salar De Uyuni to warn locals of the problems of lithium mining.

Commented On: 2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012


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Predictable result for a US car website I suppose.

Good news for Bolivian Lithium manufacturers but maybe not their environment!

Commented On: Diesel Cars: Demand Will Increase, Says Diesel Coalition


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Now Chysler has Fiat diesel engines and previous experience with Mercedes and fuel quality is improving with low sulphur becoming available and SVO/WVO seen as greener options. With todays Particulate filters and Urea injection a diesel is far cleaner than a gas car and the fuel is less expensive to refine. Diesel acts as a lubricant whereas gas/petrol is a cutting fluid - so over 200,000+ miles the prius engine will wear more and produce more Co2 over it's life than a diesel. My own car is an 11 year old Audi A2 1.2 TDI (over 161,000 miles on the clock) which gets 103mpg (IMP) in rush hour traffic over 28 mile commute. Modern Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Petrol/gas car got 33mpg (IMP) over same route. The A2 emits 81 g/km Co2.

Commented On: Diesel Cars: Demand Will Increase, Says Diesel Coalition


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John, sounds like you are a prius driver! If you lived across the pond you'd drive a diesel unless confined to city driving. A little research will show that the Pumpe Duese technology developed by Elsbett in the 1970s fuel crisis and Low Sulphur fuel is what brought about the huge change in favour of diesel over the past 20 years in the EU and now beginning in the USA. The EU manufacturers like VW, Fiat, Audi, Peugeot etc poured resources into improving injection methods and reducing emissions whereas the japanese went for battery and gas engine technology. LA / EPA rules were set up in favour of gas powered cars as US diesel quality was not up to EU spec and the US Auto makers did not have the EU diesel technology.
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