Alternative Fuels Australia

Drive releases its “Green Motoring Guide”

Posted by Car Geek on July 29, 2007

Fairfax media’s automotive section, Drive, has released an online once-off publication called the Green Motoring Guide, available as a free download. As you might expect, it’s largely drawing from previously published articles (this is made particularly clear where editing has made some parts nonsensical) and won’t give much new information to anyone who is a regular to this site or has simply done some of their own research, but it’s a concise and reasonably accurate introductory guide to the green automotive options available today (and a short discussion on future options). The guide focuses mostly on getting the most out of your existing vehicle and what to look for in a new “greener” car, from the size to the fuel source.

Overall, it is probably worth a read if you want a brief guide to immediately available options for reducing your fuel consumption and emissions, but do your own research and be aware that all journalism, especially when it comes to forecasting technological trends, has an inherent bias (even us, but we admit it – we’re biased towards clean fuels). There’s more to the alternative fuels story than can be covered in one magazine.

Note: The GMG has an error on page 6 regarding the energy content of ethanol fuel. Pure ethanol contains approximately 65% of the energy of unleaded petrol, or about 21 MJ/L (the exact content varies depending on the production source and process). E10, which is 10 per cent ethanol and 90 per cent unleaded petrol, has a proportionally higher energy content – about 3% less than standard RON 91 unleaded.


3 Responses to “Drive releases its “Green Motoring Guide””

  1. Daniel said

    Why do they leave out diesel’s from the most green car list? i.e. Peugeot 307…. Baffles me

  2. Nathan said

    There are some incredibly economical small diesels out there, but Drive’s bias against diesels is fairly apparent. All of their problems with diesel engines would be cleaned up with the use of biodiesel, too, but they dedicate only one line to it.

  3. Daniel said

    Well managed, non-palm oil biodiesel yes…. I may be biased, I drive a diesel 307, but Peugeot claim driving around town, the exhaust is cleaner than the air particulate emission wise….. if that’s true say bye bye to the diesel stigma.

    What baffles me even more is Peugeot don’t follow this through…

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