Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

G-Wiz! Low emission cars

If I had around £7000 to spare, I know exactly what I would spend it on. The G-Wiz is the latest low-emission, or no-emission, car on the road. Being completely electric, the G-Wiz is 100% emission-free, provided you use a renewable energy source to charge it up. Even if you don't have access to green electricity, The G-Wiz still only uses "one quarter the energy of the average petrol car (the most energy efficient car on the road according to the Energy Saving Trust)".

The benefits of driving a G-Wiz are seemingly endless, with no need to worry about road tax, congestion charge, parking (it is a mere 2.6 metres long), clutch, gears exhaust, oil filters, sparkplugs; it doesn't even have an engine! This is purely an electric car, though, so you have to make do with a max speed of 40mph and max range of around 40 miles on one charge.

That would be quite enough for me, with my daily, city-based antics, but if you feel the need for something with a bit more range and power you might like to check out the Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. These are both hybrid cars - they use a combination of petrol and electricity to maximise fuel economy while minimising harmful emissions. You have all the power of a normal petrol-engined car combined with the option of running on electricity when the hard stuff is not needed, such as when you're sleuthing through the city or idling at the lights. You don't even have to charge up your electric battery as the car does this for you when you're running on petrol.

Both these cars give consumers the option to produce less waste, less emissions, and go much further for your money. Besides saving on fuel costs, owners of hybrid cars are also entitled to a reduced rate of road tax and, as with the G-Wiz, are exempt from having to pay congestion charges. The bad news is: you can expect to pay around £17,000-20,000 for a hybrid. And though you're saving money all the time, you're still contributing to global pollution, albeit less so than if you were driving a conventional car.

If you're interested in buying any of these cars, check here to see if you're eligable for a Powershift Grant, which could knock around £1000 off the purchase price...

Happy motoring!

2 Comments:

  • IAM JUST ASKING ARE YOU BUYING ONE ? IF YOUR ANSWER WILL BE YES LETS MAKE A LIST AND I WILL BE THE SECOND ONE ....

    By Blogger Jah Guide, at 10:27 PM  

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    By Blogger Quit Smoking, at 7:57 AM  

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