This week the Guardian newspaper published a disturbing story about air-quality in London and other urban areas. There have been a lot of still, quiet weather days in London this month (March 2013) and that contributes to a buildup of airborne pollution. Much of that comes from diesel engines, in cars, taxis and commercial vehicles…. Continue reading
Posts tagged Volvo
EU drives auto manufacturers to cleaner, greener cars
What makes the new Hyundai i20 CRDi Blue so special, and why should you care? And what is it about the Volvo V40 D2 ES that marks it apart from many other well-appointed, comfortable cars? Does it even matter? In the week of the Rio+20 conference, where the world is likely, once again, to fall… Continue reading →
Is the Volvo V40 the safest low-emission car around?
I just received a 6498 word e-mail from Volvo on their new five-door, five-seat hatchback, the V40, which was launched at the Geneva Motorshow on 6th March. That’s the size of quite a long magazine article. The company has an awful lot to say about this new model. At first I thought this was going to be… Continue reading →
Cars you don’t see so often at the petrol pump
Petrol prices have risen again in the UK. Campaigners call on the government not to raise duty, but surprisingly little is said about switching to higher mileage models. I’ve been looking at Volvo, who have a good reputation in this regard. The new Volvo V40 gives fuel consumption of 78.5 mpg. —— In the 1980s we… Continue reading →
Tread lightly on the planet, Swedish style
A Swedish family has cut its CO² output by 80% in a six-month experiment, using available technology allied to some not too drastic domestic behavioral change. Nils andAlicia Lindell and their children Hannah and Jonathan lived in a purpose-built, solar panel and hydro-electricity powered house in Hasselby Villastad in the suburbs of Stockholm. The parents… Continue reading →
Is this the car for whatever green mood you are in?
Volvo have come up with a car that could please three separate eco–concerned constituencies of drivers at once. On deep green Level I, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid (in showrooms in 2012) is a pure electric car. This week, working mainly from home, I could have plugged it into the mains and run it on electricity… Continue reading →