Motor Industry Urged to Clean Up Its Act

Land Rover's Land_e benefits include an electric system to power the vehicle at low speed without use of the combustion engine, improving fuel economy.

Published: 28-Dec-2006

Motor industry manufacturers are facing growing pressure from the Government in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent in the next 30 years.

Almost a quarter of all CO2 emissions are generated by motor vehicles, according to the Environment Agency, and with road travel expected to increase by around a third in the next 30 years, many firms have developed new technology to help the industry clean up its act.

Hybrid engines - which combine a petrol or diesel engine with a battery-powered electric motor - have been adopted by Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Honda amongst others.


Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi test drove the Eliica pictured below and dubbed the eight-wheel electric car developed by a group of researchers at Keio University an energy revolution. The car has a top speed of 370 km/h and a range of 300 kilometers.

Think Nordic has been struggling for survival since the Ford Motor Co literally pulled the plug on it in 2002. Photo of prototype A306 Cabriolet model which briefly toured parts of Canada. Photo courtesy of EVCO.CA.

Faraday has a GVW from 3.5t to 7.5t, a restricted top speed of up to 50mph, up to 4t payload and enough battery power to cover up to 120 miles between charges.


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