Driving with Bio-ethanol

Archive for November, 2007

Where did my 26km go?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

I’ve lost 26km!  At least, that is what the on-board computer is now telling me.

OK, here’s what happened: I filled up on Friday with bio-ethanol before I went away for the weekend.  With a full tank, the computer calculated that I had 448km remaining, and no longer 474km.

Now, I know this is only a rough estimate and averaged over my usage, but that’s still quite a leap.

Whilst out over the weekend, I think I may have found the answer: whenever I start car, the air-conditioning automatically switches on.  I compared the fuel consumption figures and turning off the air-conditioning saves about 2 litres per 100km, so if I don’t turn it off every time I start the car, I am using more fuel than necessary.

I wonder if there is a way to turn it off permanently, at least until I want it on.  Or is there a reason to have it on all the time?


Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

My on-board computer has finally calculated that I can drive 474km on a full tank of bio-ethanol. This is only 77% of the distance, that I used to manage of a full tank of petrol.

I knew in advance that this was going to be the case, but now I have figures to back it up.

In other words, I need 30% more litres of bio-ethanol than petrol to travel the same distance.

Since bio-ethanol costs 0.899EUR per litre, a 30% increase means an effective price of 1.16EUR per litre, which compared to around 1.42EUR for super (95 octane) at the moment, is still a good bargain.

It’s just a shame, that I have to fill up so often!

Are emissions in Germany rising?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Are CO2 emissions in Germany still rising? They are according to this article on the BBC News website.

But why? Why, with so much technology available to reduce emissions, are some manufacturers building cars that put out more CO2 than previous models?

I think the answer is quite simply: because people are prepared to buy them. If more people took notice of the CO2 values of the cars that they are buying, then I am sure that the manufacturers would react by developing cars with reduced emissions – or with with alternative fuels.

I also think that the last thing the EU should do is to give the manufacturers more time! It really is amazing to think that I am already driving a car with the intention of doing what some companies will not even manage in the next 5 years – and now want an extension to 8!

It’s time for German consumers to take a stand and force these large companies to do their bit for the environment. If they don’t build low-emission cars, then we can’t drive them!

California – a step in the right direction

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

This article on the BBC News website makes for very interesting reading.

My personal opinion of the USA was then, protecting the environment and saving the planet were not really much of a priority. Why else did they not ratify the Kyoto Protocol?

I’ve always suspected that there may be a portion of the population that does not agree with the current administration’s position, and now I have the proof – and it even comes from the Republican side of politics.

The state of California, led by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is suing the US federal government for failing to support tougher emissions laws.

It’s good to see that someone is taking a tougher stance and finally doing something to help the environment on such a high level.

Let’s wish him luck!

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