2017 will be the year that Ireland’s love affair with diesel ends and cleaner, more efficient fuels, such as Autogas from Calor, will deliver the environmental and cost benefits that motorists are looking for. Calor Autogas LPG produces up to 23% less carbon than petrol and 40% less Nitrous Oxides than diesel. Calor Autogas is also considerably cheaper than petrol or diesel, at almost 50% less, and although a car which has been converted to run on LPG won’t be quite as fuel efficient as the petrol equivalent with usually a drop of around 10% expected, overall with the lower fuel cost, switching to Calor Autogas can reduce running costs significantly.
Developed as part of the Birmingham NOx reduction champions project, the ionic Black Cab normally powered by a Diesel Engine, is improved dramatically by replacing the diesel engine with a petrol engine converted to run on cleaner Autogas, the Autogas taxi.
The benefits are very clear to the 4 drivers who have been handed over the keys of their new converted Cabs (TX1). The engine is quiet and runs with almost no vibrations, plus the fuel costs are more than 20% reduced by running on Autogas. The petrol engine fitted as a replacement for the diesel engine, is also tuned to match the character and power of the replaced diesel engine, and a bit more.
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Multi-gold medal winning Paralympian and World Champion Michael McKillop has now converted his car to Autogas. The conversion was in charge of Irish company Flogas, of which the athlete is brand ambassador.
“I am very pleased with the move to Autogas because I would drive over 1,000 miles a month for training and race meetings in Ireland and the UK. As Autogas is far cheaper than petrol, I will certainly notice the positive impact on my wallet!,” said McKillop.
2017 is a busy year for Michael, the reigning world champion in the 800 and 1,500 metres (T37), who will be attending race meetings across Ireland, including the Belfast International T&F Meet as well as defending his titles at the 2017 IPC Para Athletics World Championships in London.
The European Parliament approved today a resolution on the road transport sector. Resolutions are non-binding documents, which state the position of the European Parliament on a certain subject, usually having the goal to influence the legislative work of the European Commission, or to push it to make an official statement.
The resolution approved today sets the position of the European Parliament on the future of road transport, ahead of the release of the Mobility Package by the European Commission later in the month. The Mobility Package will contain several legislative proposals that aim at shaping the road transport sector. Among them, new CO2 standards for trucks, vans and cars and rules on driving times of truck drivers are some of the proposals that will be put forward.
Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.
The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle.
The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health. Ministers believe it poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing up to £2.7bn in lost productivity in one recent year.
A shopper at a supermarket asks for a plastic bag, only to have his head slammed into the checkout counter by the “green police” (“You picked the wrong day to mess with the ecosystem, plastic boy”). Another man attracts a spotlight from a green police helicopter for a “compost infraction” as he’s about to bin an orange rind. The green police bust down doors after finding batteries in the trash. They haul people from their homes for installing incandescent lightbulbs.
But to the driver who approaches a road checkpoint in his Audi, the green police react very differently. “Clean diesel? You’re good to go, sir.” And they wave him through.
Swedish carmaker Volvo will not develop any new diesel engines as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too expensive, chief executive Hakan Samuelsson was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Current generation of diesel engines likely to be produced until 2023.
“From today’s perspective, we will not develop any more new-generation diesel engines,” Samuelsson told German’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview.