The jury may be out in regards to the eco credentials of this latest wave of green vehicles coming to market but regardless, the one place to see all options and future developments is at the ‘Ecovelocity’ show being held at Battersea power station on September 8-9th.
The fact that there is even a show such as this demonstrates the interest and the recent development in this area which can only be a good thing in terms of the environment.
The motor vehicle has become a necessity in the modern world so a realist view may be that our dependence on them will possibly never disappear.
The idealist view would be that the way to reduce their impact on the environment would be to stop using them… we understand that this is not possible or sensible for the majority, and particularly those in more rural areas.
We still believe however that thought should be given to the amount of usage the car gets and being more resourceful and efficient in its use should be the first point of consideration for anyone when it comes to greening up your motoring.
However any step in the right direction in terms of reducing the need for fossil fuels to run our vehicles is a massively positive one.
There remains the question of embodied energy a vehicle requires to be built which is a real environmental Catch 22 (ie. Vehicles are more ‘eco’ but are still built from products (steel, plastic) that take a large amount of energy for processing of the natural resources they are made from). Further if we all run out and buy a new ‘eco’ car then we are going to have an awful lot of old vehicles and metal to dispose of.
If these points are given thought along with any decision regarding a new car then we believe this is the right approach.
So if you have some time free on that weekend, get along and see what the latest advances in this area are…