The Truth About Cars » carbon dioxide The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » carbon dioxide UK Diesels 21 Percent Cleaner Than A Decade Ago Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:30:13 +0000 Peugeot_3008_HYbrid4_header

A study issued earlier this month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has concluded that modern diesel engines in the United Kingdom are 21 percent cleaner than that were a decade earlier.

Hybrid Cars reports the group’s New Car CO2 Report also found modern diesels to be 27 percent more economical than in 2003, greatly aided by technologies — including stop-start and common-rail systems — in reducing emissions and running costs.

Average UK vehicle CO2 output fell 29.1 percent over the past 14 years to just 128.3g/km, achieving the 130g/km target set by the European Union for 2015.

For their part, Bosch — one of the manufacturers at the forefront of advancing diesel technology — says it will continue to move diesels forward in the march toward further cleanliness and efficiency, going so far as to include hybrids — such as the Bosch-augmented Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 — in order to meet the 2020 standard of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.


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Coolant In Daimler-EU Dispute Found Safe Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:32:50 +0000 Automotive Refrigerants

An automotive coolant Daimler claims is too dangerous to use in their vehicles, despite the warnings from the European Union to cease usage of an older coolant considered harmful to the environment, was found to be safe according to a report made by EU scientists.

Reuters reports the coolant in question, the Honeywell and DuPont co-developed R1234yf, posed “no evidence of a serious risk in the use of [the] refrigerant in mobile air-conditioning systems under normal and foreseeable conditions of use” as reported by the Joint Research Council in their findings last week.

Daimler, who claimed the coolant emits a toxic gas when burned, defended their position against using R1234yf, claiming the research “too restrictive,” preferring an option to develop a system using carbon dioxide as the cooling method, though said system is years in the making.

Meanwhile, the automaker uses R134a, an older coolant that the European Commission has found to have a global warming potential 1,000 times that of carbon dioxide while developing an air-conditioning system; EU rules state new coolants must have no more than 150 times said potential. As a result, the Commission has begun legal proceedings against Germany over Daimler’s current action on the matter.

R1234yf is currently 500,000 cars according to Honeywell, who expects the coolant will be in more than 2 million units by the end of 2014.

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Germany Persuades EU to Delay Stricter Carbon Emissions Regulations Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:57:08 +0000 cartogram_EU-PVregistrations2010

After months of intense lobbying, Germany has convinced European Union environmental ministers to keep 2020 new car carbon dioxide emissions standards at 130 grams per kilometer instead of the proposed, stricter 95g/km standard. The German government argued that the tighter regulations would cost jobs and hurt German automakers. BMW and Mercedes-Benz produce larger and heavier cars than other European car companies like Fiat and Renault and they would have a more difficult experience trying to meet the new CO2 standards.

The CO2 standards are a stand-in for fuel economy regulations, with the 95g/km rating the equivalent of fuel consumption of 4 liters pr 100 kilometers (59 U.S. mpg). The EU commission had earlier approved the more rigorous emissions standards, but Germany put together an effective coalition of countries to lobby for the change to be delayed until 2024. The UK and Poland supported the German effort while Belgium, France and Italy backed the 95 g/km standard.


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Germany Wants To Water Down EU CO2 Targets With EVs Nobody Wants Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:01:54 +0000 EU Parliament - Picture courtesy

An attempt of Germany to water down CO2 targets, about to be imposed by the EU, explains why automakers are eager to build EVs despite a lack of an eager market. Germany proposes that so-called supercredits can be used to off-set the limits. “Unlimited supercredits could allow the manufacture of electric cars for which there is little or no demand, while allowing just as many polluting vehicles as before on to the roads,” campaigners against supercredits told Reuters.

According to the wire, “Germany has been pushing for months for greater flexibility in implementing an emissions goal of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g/km) as an average across new EU vehicles from 2020. But votes in the European Parliament so far have backed a fairly robust version of the European Commission’s original proposal.”

Supercredits would allow high emission cars – provided that their makers also make very low-emission vehicles, such as electric cars.

In the U.S., EVs are often only sold in states that demand them by law. So called “quota cars” are available only in the numbers necessary to make the quota.  Tesla’s profit for instance was made not by selling cars, but by selling carbon credits.

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Toyota Prius Saves Large Parts Of Australia From Being Covered By Noxious Gases Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:23:11 +0000

Toyota has been selling many hybrids since they introduced the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV minibus in 1997. A few months later, they started mass-production of the Prius, and it’s been a runaway hit. In Japan, the Prius is leading the charts. The Toyota hybrid system is available in minivans, SUVs and sedans. Nine TMC-produced hybrid passenger vehicle models and three hybrid commercial vehicle models are sold in Japan. Outside Japan, eight hybrid passenger vehicle models are sold in approximately 80 countries.  So far, Toyota has sold  2.68 million hybrids throughout the world. Of course, Toyota is proud of that achievement. But what are they really proud of? That they have saved the world from a huge pile of dangerous dirt.

Through their hybrid technology, Toyota has spared the planet 15 million tons of  CO2. The very gas that is guilty of global warming. Allegedly. Now picture that: 15 million tons saved! Having a  hard time visualizing success? The Australian site Advertiser Talk tried to put it in terms anybody can understand

  • “Measured at sea level, that quantity of CO2 equates to more than 7.28 billion cubic meters of gases.” Come on, we are metrically challenged.
  • “Imagine a container that is two storeys (six meters) high and one meter wide that stretches almost 60 times around the equator.” Hard to imagine?  I’m having problems imagining a container that is 6 meter  high – once it starts winding around the globe, they lose me. So how about:
  • “Rather than imagining a massive equatorial container, that amount of CO2 would fill the 1.7 million cubic meters of the Melbourne Cricket Ground at least 4,285 times. That’s once a week for more than 82 years.” Not doing it for you, simply because you don’t get cricket? So let’s say …
  • “Alternatively, it would blanket 90 percent of NSW to a depth of one centimeter – or envelop both Victoria and Tasmania with a 2.2cm covering.” That’s a bit shallow, don’t you think? But we are slowly getting there.

Still not connecting with you? How about 20,681 Lake Meades? 308 times the contents of the Lake Baikal? 93 times the  Caspian Sea? Can you picture it now? No?

Just take their word for it then: They saved you a whole shitload of shit.

(Disclaimer. Due to mindboglification,  TTAC will not be responsible for damages caused  by mathematical errors.)

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