The Extra Mile

Mnemonics are a bit trendy, and perhaps rather over-used these days, but one popped up recently in relation to driving that seems quite useful, and easy enough to remember. It’s COAST. The letters mean Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, Space, and Time, the merits of all five of which we’ve covered in relation to eco-driving over the […]

The Big Question, again…

Dear Doc,   I have just trawled through the data pages of the August edition (issue 391) with the noble intention of possibly identifying an electric medium-sized SUV which would meet our present driving needs, which include two annual six week trips to Germany. I even looked at the baby SUVs and smaller cars, but […]

How Green is your EV?

Considering pure electric cars, we’ll take a look at how ìgreenî they can be, and contrastingly how ìdirtyî they can also be, depending not on the efficiency of the car itself, and its battery, but as an owner based on your geographic location. We’ll look at this strictly in terms of carbon dioxide (ìglobal warmingî) […]

Extra Mile

It’s not inappropriate to step back and consider the global resources and environmental aspects of power for personal road transport. Back in the 1970s, reserves of crude oil were a big talking point, and the term ìPeak Oilî was coined to represent the unknown future date when world oil production would peak, and thereafter fall […]

Bosch announces incredible ‘fix’ for diesel emissions

A revolution in the reduction of diesel emissions has been announced, with the promise that vehicles equipped with the new technology will be capable of emitting 10 times less NOx than stricter limits planned for 2020. The development is significant enough to ‘fix’ the current negative atmosphere around diesels and curb tumbling sales, according to Bosch, its pioneers.

North of the Border

It’s really good to see Diesel Car keeping up with developments in alternative fuel in Eco Car, and I have a feeling that in a year or two there’s going to be a sudden uptake of electric vehicles ñ something that the government could easily accelerate, if they only used some money sensibly to encourage […]

The Extra Mile

We often highlight the benefits of clearing out your car’s boot and cabin of unnecessary weighty items, and optimising your car’s aerodynamics by taking off roof bars and roof boxes and cycle carriers when they are not being used. Both undoubtedly will save you some fuel, but the actual gains are individual to any given […]

The hyper mile

Unreachable fuel economy figures have been hitting the headlines recently, but a group of dedicated hypermilers met up last month to prove that it can be done in the annual MPG Marathon. John Kendall reports.   What’s the point of trying to improve on a car’s official EU combined fuel consumption figure, when we know […]

The Extra Mile

You might or might not remember that 48-volt electrical systems were going to be the next big thing for cars around 15 years ago. There were real concerns that it would not be possible to power all the on-board electrical systems needed in future without the change. Then the story quietly died, but I think […]

The Extra Mile: September

We seem to have reached something of a critical point in diesel fuel economy, with a good number of smaller diesel cars now offering EC combined figures of around 80mpg.