Thanx for writing a great
Thanx for writing a great article...I own a 1998 E-300 Turbo Diesel Mercedes Benz. I get an average of about 29-1/2 miles per gallon. I have no smell what-so-ever with the diesel fuel and I'm more than happy with its performance both around town and on the highway. I can honestly say that it renders all the power I will ever need, and it burns with a cleaner exhaust for our enviroment.
Proud to be doing my part~!~ Thank You, CJC
All the fuss over diesel vs
All the fuss over diesel vs hybrid vs riding my bike?
Gas engines have a life of about 150k miles and diesel is about 300k miles. Of course both vehicles to be well maintained and engine life can vary. I personally put 350K on my diesel and it is still running. I use bio fuel when ever possible. Purchasing injectors every 100k or so is the biggest expense.
Hybrids in a few years, what will Batteries cost every 75K miles? No one knows. What about disposal? Harming the envirnoment or not? How about harming an emergency worker in an accident or even the kids in the back seat sitting on the batteries? Lots of questions, very few answers until reality sets in.
Bio fuel is said to be cleaner emmisions than a gas hybrid and almost impossible to find in many states. Plus if you follow to closely to a bio fuel vehicle, it make you want french fries and a hamburger from the fast food smell.
Why hasn't anyone followed the Train Industry. All trains are hybid / battery technology with diesel engines. You would think that a Diesel bluetec or TDI engine with a hybrid combo would get 80 - 90+ mpg and with bio fuel would be an incredible accomplishment until better research can be found.
Also I am still wondering why a hybrid cant get more than 60mpg. Honda in the 1980's made a CRX HF that got 60mpg. You would think that Honda could take that engine and make a hybrid that could get 75 - 80+ mpg?
Just some thoughts at a different angle from a guy who is now riding his bike back and forth to work, 50 miles round trip. Since I do not feel like buying a new car just yet.
You've really done
You've really done your reading. I don't think you missed a single piece of anti-hybrid nonesense that has been distributed.
Where'd you get the 75K mile replacement need for hybrid batteries? They are warranteed to over 100K miles and because of their lack of use in today's hybrids, they are lasting very long times (see: http://www.hybridcars.com/fleets/tax...ity-25167.html).
Regarding all that dangerous electricity, sure to kill every kid or well-meaning emergency worker: I'm not sure why you're ok with them dealing with the bomb that is a gasoline tank but a battery with less than 1% of the energy is a problem.
I don't know where you get the emissions info on bio fuel. Of course, it depends on the bio fuel, ethanol definitely creates a lot more emissions than a hybrid burning dino-fuel.
Unfortunately, there really isn't enough arid land in our country to replace our driving miles with bio fuel.
I agree with your complaints about mpg. We're demanding perfectly safe, powerful, low emissions cars which, if you assume an Internal Combustion Engine, can only be acccomplished by increasing the weight and decreasing engine efficiency. Hybrids and electrics have the ability to handle the power and emissions without decreasing the efficiency - not that anyone except Tesla is actually taking advantage of this capability. The battery-electric drivetrain also decreases the penalty for vehicle weight. A Diesel-hybrid, of course, would seem to be nearly ideal to me if one must burn liquid fuel.
Congrats on your bike riding. I wish I had the time and geography to enable riding a bike every day.
I suspect you've been
I suspect you've been influenced by a bogus study titled "'Dust to Dust' Automotive Energy Report" by CNW President Art Spinella almost 2 years ago. It has been discussed here and I've pointed out a few glaring 'issues' here at Hybridcars.com at:
The main errors in Art's assumptions are
- He assumes very short vehicle life for hybrids compared with his favorite Hummers
- He penalizes Hybrids for their R&D 'costs' and applies them to a small quantity of vehicles delivered. By this alone, hybrids today are twice as 'green' as they were in in 2006 when he collected his data.
- He assumes that hybrids are imported from Japan
You, too are unfairly penalizing hybrid technology for transportation costs when, if our own stupid auto manufacturers ever come out of their caves, should be solved by onshore manufacturing.
Note also that today's batteries do not use toxic materials like the old lead acid and Nickle Cadmium. Also, battery recycling is very good so consumption is reduced.
while it is true that the
while it is true that the initial environmental impact of a hybrid car is lower, what do you think happens to those huge batteries?
they get turned over to toxic waste dumps, the sulfur in the batteries needs to be produced, handled, and then disposed of. the lead is toxic in all stages and at every step.
not to forget in case of a severe accident you have to deal with acid splashing all over, and leaking on the ground, or since it is under the back seats well passengers get burnt.
while it is true that diesel does have its drawbacks, the environmental impact is lower in the long run than a hybrid.
ps my vw turbo diesel runs off veggie oil, so very minimal need to fund opec
the technoilogy to produce biodiesel from algae not only cleans up the air but it produces starches and oils, so it can produce biodiesel, and ethanol. if we run biofuels from algae it cleans the environment, and can power both diesel and gas powered cars
Its time to impose a price
Its time to impose a price ceiling on energy. If the energy companies dont like it then we dont need them
Ford Ecocentric Diesel-63.6
Ford Ecocentric Diesel-63.6 mpg city or 73.5 mpg...not much more needed to say