As I understand it, Mercedes already have their range of 'Blue Tec' diesel engines which also take out the controversial NOX contaminants.Ford have just announced a new production plant in Dagenham to employ 3000 people making a new green Diesel engine.
Phil,As I understand it, Mercedes already have their range of 'Blue Tec' diesel engines which also take out the controversial NOX contaminants.
Model (4/5-door) Power
1.0 EcoBoost 6-spd manual 125 5.1 119 1.5 EcoBoost 6-spd manual 160 48.7 134 1.5 EcoBoost 6-spd auto 160 48.8 146 2.0 EcoBoost 6-spd auto 240 38.7 169 1.5 TDCi 6-spd manual (ECOnetic) 120
2.0 TDCi 6-spd manual
2.0 TDCi 6-spd auto 150 58.9 125 2.0 TDCi 6-spd manual 180 64.2 115 2.0 TDCi 6-spd auto 180 58.9 125 2.0 TDCi 6-spd manual AWD 150 58.9 124 2.0 TDCi 6-spd auto AWD 180 54.3 134 2.0 TDCi 6-spd auto 210 58.9 124 2.0 Hybrid Electric 187 67.3 99
With the number of plug-in cars and vans in the UK now surpassing 25,000, it is clear that companies are increasingly adopting electric vehicles and are also likely to experience an uplift in employees asking to plug in when they reach their place of work.Fortunately, Chargemaster, the country’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, is offering UK companies a simple package to get a 7kW charge point installed by its nationwide team of qualified expert technicians for just £995 + VAT.
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For many businesses, the investment in a workplace charging point will be quickly and easily recouped in reduced running costs. It is also a great benefit to offer employees who have chosen to drive vehicles that are less harmful to the environment.
The workplace charging points are made in the UK at Chargemaster’s facility in Luton and are made of high-quality, robust materials that make them suitable for outdoor use. As well as a great deal on 7kW charging points, Chargemaster is also offering discounts on multiple charging units and can provide 22kW units for workplaces with 3-phase power supplies.
Since it will be the transmission makers who develop these hybrid drivetrains, integral with their gearboxes, everyone will have access to a ready made hybrid transmission complete with KERS.Ford have gone hybrid, petrol, in the new Mondeo. Will Jaguar have a similar drive traIn in the cupboard ?
Judging by the concerted effort today, lead by the SMMT and Ford, to persuade broadcasters and press to carry stories and film reports countering the increasingly negative reports associated with diesel emissions the makers must be getting twitchy. What with the London Borough confirming the plan to charge an additional £100 pa to park a diesel car.Ford have just announced a new production plant in Dagenham to employ 3000 people making a new green Diesel engine.
The "experts" that have been countering the SMMT position today have focused on the NOX emissions and accept the arguments about the CO2 made by engine makers. It may irritate you Jagular but the fact is that the arguments you make , all valid I am sure, are not being discussed here today.It's the "where" of the diesel emissions that is of concern. None of those coal fired powerplants are in city centres.
However, notably missing from the discussion is the CO2 emission problem from those coal fired powerplants, which cannot easily be reduced.
Electric cars and plug in hybrids do nothing to control CO2 emissions.
Further evidence that the mpge figures for plug in hybrids and electrics is provided by Top Gear's test of the BMW i8 which actually delivers around 30 mpg as opposed to it's claimed mpge of well over 100 mpg.
Yes, the market should be used to determine powerplants for passenger car use, but as is amply demonstrated in the safety area by the wide adoption of unsafe SUV's as passenger vehicles, the market can only operate correctly if the consumers are using correct and up to date information. Currently, not only is this not the case but governments have weighed in with market distortions not shown to be effective in achieving the stated goals of reduced CO2 emissions.
Not yet. Interestingly, the concept of displaced CO2 emissions rather than reduced CO2 emissions is being actively discussed in the media and online over here. I note that Top Gear is discussing it.The "experts" that have been countering the SMMT position today have focused on the NOX emissions and accept the arguments about the CO2 made by engine makers. It may irritate you Jagular but the fact is that the arguments you make , all valid I am sure, are not being discussed here today.
It isn't CO2 emissions that are the issue, everyone has accepted that modern diesels have better CO2 results.....diesel fuel still causes sulphur emissions which add to acid rain, asthma sufferers etc...only when thats sorted will the Government listen to anyone.
At the moment its in the Govs' interest to increase charges on diesel cars so I would expect a new Road Tax scale soon that reflects / backs up the surcharges now being issued by councils.
It is an interesting theory that there is a concern about lost revenue but I can't agree that it is a major concern today.The contribution of transport (all transport, not just road vehicles) to total UK sulphur dioxide emissions is less than 0.5%. ULSD has been pretty universal for several years now. So I don't see sulphur emissions from diesel vehicles as being a major concern.
What is a major concern is the loss of oil company revenue and government tax income due to the wider use of diesel cars in the UK and across Europe. The UK popularity is relatively recent, but diesels have been popular in mainland Europe for much longer, predating the tighter EU emission rules. This being the case, you might expect to see major health issues emerging especially in densely populated countries with heavy vehicle traffic such as Belgium and the Netherlands. As far as I know this has not been the case. So I think the SMMT is right to challenge the "demonisation" of diesel cars and should be demanding up-to-date evidence, bearing in mind that there are many other sources of pollution than just road vehicles.
Speaking logically and not emotionally I doubt that Ford or JLR are losing much sleep over diesel cars. This was planned about five years ago, not five months, to meet the demand as they saw it. There are still very many people that spend their working day in a car and barely go near town centres for whom an electric car or hybrid for that matter is not much use. On the Continent you are hard pressed to even hire a petrol car, never mind buy one. Like it or not the world emphasis is on CO2 and the new emission standards are about to make a big difference to health issues. Plenty needs to be done about old non complying vehicles before banning this year's models which are what the EU has rightly demanded.It is an interesting theory that there is a concern about lost revenue but I can't agree that it is a major concern today.
More important is the fact that the engine makers are concerned that they failed at the outset to reduce "real world" NOX emissions to a level consistent with the Euro 6 tests achieved in a laboratory. Now we have had an acknowledgement by the makers that they got it wrong, but the move away from diesel is well under way. Ford and Jaguar, with their new engine plants must despair when they read the announcements from the UK government to buy 100 Hybrids, and then to rub it in, make millions available to cities to increase the take up of ULEVS. Who would bet that only Islington will be the only London Borough to impose a diesel parking tax. To what extent will Islington's decision cause a switch away from diesel engines ? These are the reasons that the engine makers in the shape of the SMMT are working like crazy to get in to news studios and talk to journalists.