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Maximizing efficiency and minimizing harm. What should you be driving?. Which “alternative” shows the most promise? Craig Childers. What technology is out there?. Standard Hybrids Plug in Hybrids Hydrogen power Diesel New clean diesel technology Bio-diesel Electric vehicles.
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Which “alternative” shows the most promise?
Tesla has unveiled the Tesla Model S - as the company says the "world's first mass-produced, highway-capable EV". The Tesla Model S sedan has a range of 300 miles, a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The company say the electric Tesla Model S can be re-charged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet, a full re-charge taking 45 minutes from the 480V outlet
The new Nissan LEAF - is a fully electric-powered car which Nissan says will be the world’s first affordable electric vehicle.
This Ford Focus EV will be powered by a permanent magnet electric-traction motor and a 23kw litium ion battery. The goal is to have this on the road by 2011 and the vehicle should do near 100 miles on a charge (6-8hrs).
The BlueMotion concept uses an updated 1.2L three cylinder TDI diesel, with 74 hp. Combined with 15-inch low rolling resistance tires, a blanked off grille, extended rocker panels for lower drag, automatic start stop, and brake energy regeneration. The bottom line is 71.3 mpg (US) and 87 g/km of CO2 emissions. That makes the new BlueMotion the most efficient five passenger internal combustion car on the road.
The Touareg V6 TDI Clean Diesel is powered by a 3.0L, turbocharged six cylinder engine that produces 225 horsepower and an impressive 407 lbs-ft. of torque. Utilizing third generation common rail injection and the most advanced catalytic converter system in the world, it meets Tier 2, Bin 5/ULEV II standards.
The currently available 2009 Jetta TDI gets a combined MPG of 35, and is ULEV certified. It is also an EPA “SmartWay” car.
Switching to a more efficient gasoline powered automobile, like a Honda Fit, can be an excellent improvement. Combined MPG of 31, and ULEV certification.