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How to Buy a Greener Car

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The pressure's on to cut motoring emissions. These cars claim to do just that - but do their eco-credentials stack up? Nigel Pollitt does the maths. Alistair Darling's Budget last week spelt out a carrot-and-stick approach to encouraging low-emissions


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Daniel Barker (35)
Saturday March 22, 2008, 12:40 pm
I saw an ad for a large SUV hybrid that got about 21/22 mpg. This is the lowest mileage, in reality before too long actual mileage will improve for everyday driving.

As solar energy becomes cheaper than coal (it already is, in Alaska and Hawaii), drivers will begin charging their car batteries rather than fill up the tank.

And here's another perk: remember all those killer blizzards this winter, hundreds of thousands of people without power? Not any more: a hybrid vehicle will run your house in case of power outages. Think about it, do the math. A typical hybrid vehicle probably has a motor that produces 60 to 100 wkatts. Your home uses about one kwatt (that is the average power consumption in California), so the hybrid can power a home in California for 60 to 100 hours.

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