Steve, Crowborough asked:
With the budget introducing the £2000 subsidy to scrap old cars, I'm trying to figure out how much energy and carbon goes into the manufacture of a new car. Considering the increase in efficiency of the new car, how many miles would I have to drive to achieve an overall carbon saving?
We put this to Pablo Päster, Vice President of Greenhouse Gas Management at Climate Check and columnist at treehugger.com:
So, unfortunately, there is no easy answer. It really depends from vehicle to vehicle, not only the vehicle that you're currently driving that you would be replacing but also, the vehicle that you would replacing it with. The U.S. government came out with a model for figuring out the energy as to make a vehicle called, ‘GREET.’ And basically, it tells you how many BTUs it takes to build a car. The manufacturing of the average car is roughly equivalent to 880 gallons of gasoline, in terms of the energy that’s used. If a new car will save at least as much gas, it definitely makes sense to get rid of the old car. If we’ve seen that your old car has around 100,000 miles left on it with good maintenance, your new car would need to be at least 6 miles per gallon better to make up for the emissions for manufacturing. That means that if your old car gets less than 24 miles per gallon makes environmental sense to get a new car that gets 30 miles per gallon or better. Not only can you feel better about your environmental impact, but you also get a £2000 discount on your new car.
Oooh, ooooh, *thrusts hand in air* I know this one. A new car has on average 6.7tons of embedded carbon. It would take you just over a year of driving to have emitted this much. Remember this is an average. Your car can have as much as 12 tons. Am I a swot or what? Make it Lady, Thu, 25th Jun 2009
I'm sure that the average driver doesn't emit as much as 6.7 tonnes per year? That's nearly a trans-Atlantic flight isn't it? Do you have any references or sources for your wonderful stats (I'd like to quote them!)
Where did you get the amount of carbon embeded in a car from I am still looking -do I smell conspiracy? tim, Sun, 3rd Jan 2010
You wrote: "How do I save carbon with a new car?" First, you need a way to collect and store it. I don't think even JC Whitney has such a device. And what would you do with it once you had it? Put it in a safe deposit box?
The Classic cars are the cars that are considered as the older cars that are having better utilities and future to get used further. The exact definition of the classic car is not stipulated as it varies in the opinions. The Classic Car Club of America has defined them as the cars that are 20 years to 45 years older. They have restricted the range and have offered the most quality oriented solutions for the old car lovers. They are wider in collection and have multiple options and varieties of manufacturers and models. There are many car manufacturing companies offering these classic cars. The leading names in this category are the Ford cars, GMC cars, Chevrolet cars, BMW cars and many more. Classic old cars are also the most demanding models of cars.
There were several small Diesel pickups made in the Mid 80's.
And just this year VW finished production of the VW Golf/Rabbit, ending over 30 years of producing essentially the same vehicle. You can buy second origin parts for the entire vehicle, and build one up from parts except for the VIN plate.
If you are looking into an electric car then there is still a major polution issue producing just the battery due to the fact of the need to melt lead and anyone who has handled lead knows that when lead is melted produces toxic fumes. The same with Lithium. AlphaPiRho, Fri, 7th Jan 2011
This is wonderful,