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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

ISO14001 and Rising Fuel Prices

Unwelcome as it is, the rise in petrol and diesel  has some environmental benefits; the average speed on motorways has apparently fallen with the attendant reduction in emissions. People are thinking twice before using their cars for leisure activities; car sharing is becoming more popular. All these reductions in fuel usage will help our carbon footprint.

The spiralling cost of fuel has also prompted motor manufacturers to move to more efficient engines and hybrid vehicles.  When Rolls Royce announces that they are to produce a fuel efficient hybrid car it is obvious that the message is getting through. 

Pure electric cars are not yet a viable alternative and the time to recharge after a relatively short journey is off-putting.  In some cases an overnight stop is required to complete a journey.

The hydrogen fuelled car may fit the bill but the sheer lack of refuelling points is critical to the uptake of this new fuel option.  Hydrogen is also explosive when mixed with air and the Hindenburg disaster showed just how dangerous this can be.

Readers of my blog will know that I drive a Honda Hybrid this is my third hybrid and I am very pleased with it; no road tax, 50 mpg and exemption from the London Congestion Charge (at least until 2012 when the rules change again), but even with these advantages fuel costs are a  real burden.

Let us hope that motor manufacturers faced with the decline in fossil fuels and increased costs will accelerate their R & D to find another cost efficient method of powering our personal transport.

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