Eco-friendly Claims for ‘Hybrid’ Cars Dismissed as Gimmickry

Hybrid Battery System DisplayBy Lewis Smith 

Cars promoted as eco-friendly were criticised yesterday for pumping out up to 56 per cent more carbon dioxide than the manufacturers claim.

Three models, including the Honda Civic hybrid, performed so badly in tests that their environmental claims were dismissed as a gimmick.

A further five vehicles, including Volkswagen’s Polo BlueMotion, hailed as Britain’s greenest car when it was claimed that it emitted less than 100 grams of CO2 per km (g/km), failed to match the claims made by their makers.

Road tests were carried out by Auto Express magazine, which accused manufacturers of attempting to cash in on concerns about global warming.

David Johns, the magazine’s editor, said that demand for eco-friendly cars was rising rapidly but it could be hard for consumers to determine what was “truly green or just pure gimmick”.

Read the rest of this article at the London Times.

4 Responses to Eco-friendly Claims for ‘Hybrid’ Cars Dismissed as Gimmickry

  1. friendly to the environment May 20, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority

  2. D.H. Lawrence May 22, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    I agree! The problem is it flies in the face of what humans have been indoctrinated to believe for the past several centuries. They fear the unknown and are brainwashed by the mainstream media. Prior to that people were burned at the stake or tortured to submit to those in power. And so here we are – and ignorant, paranoid, and scared humanity.

  3. Chet May 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Why bother?

  4. J. Ewing June 11, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Unbelievable! When you burn hydrocarbons, you produce CO2 and H2O. Hydrocarbons contain hydrogen and carbon. Gasoline, diesel, and ethanol are all hydrocarbons. The more fuel per mile you consume, the more CO2 and H2O you produce, there is simply no way around the basic chemistry!

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