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I've been at the Commercial Vehicle show this week and have had a number of discussions with various representatives of the major Motor manufacturers about a variety of topics on behalf of my clients. Ill probably raise separate topics for them if I get time. One of the main ones that I didn't get a satisfactory answer to considers emissions. During the show, there were a number of speakers punting messages purveyed by the government and from environmentalists, if you just walked into these "seminars" with a totally clear mind and no preconceptions, you would leave with the clear message that Diesel has to go, Diesel is Dirty, Diesel is killing our children etc etc. Whilst I am fully in concert with the need to reduce emissions , I wondered why Diesel is the concentration. Although the government has said it wants to ban new IC engines by 2030, almost always they refer to Diesels. During the show I challenged a number of people to tell me why the SMMT had published a document showing that current Euro 6 diesel vehicles had between 25 and 34% cleaner emissions than the comparable diesel. The answers usually centered around a comment such as "you are making an incorrect comparison between the old NEDC measurement and the new WLTP" , so I decided to check for myself (I've done a bout 2 dozen different vehicles this morning) I've attached a file which represents a current 2019 model Sportage (only because Ive actually tested this myself), but all that I checked gave the same sort of result. Considering most people only Talk about CO2 and particulates ill just mention those, but as you will see from the file, Particulates for the Petrol 1.48 mg/km for the Diesel 0.31 mg/km , IE petrol is considerably higher. CO2 (using NEDC figures) Petrol 162 g/km Diesel 129 g/km and for the WLTP figure Petrol 183 g/km , Diesel 158 g/km , so again Petrol is considerably higher. Diesels do appear to produce more NoX , and the figures for Petrol and Diesel are still close. What about Hydrocarbons , Im not a chemist , so anyone who can enlighten me Id like to hear from. So what do you think are we being conned.......again. Book1.pdf
So I understand why some folk often prefer a hardstanding especially in poor weather and to keep their pride and joy in pristine condition. But! I was working at one of the CC Cumbrian sites today, lovely area nice modern looking buildings but it was so, so regimented. rows & rows of units on huge hardstandings with only the thinnest strip of grass between. Nice tarmac roads everywhere, brightly coloured signs everywhere the road markings would make a motorway builder jealous. OK there are some grassed areas and bits of hedges and the surrounding fields but, come on, artificial trees in decorative tubs to improve the site. The stone on the standings doesn't even attempt to match the local stone! It's fortunate this site is in a dip as it would be a huge blot on the landscape, in fact I've seen better green (as in grass) car parks! Then there is the clutter around some units on the serviced pitches, cables looped everywhere, water pipes the same. (at least on grass they get a bit hidden) And the lovely trip hazard (only to the pitch users I suppose as, god forbid, no one else is allowed on their pitch) from the waste pipes. Are we that lazy that rolling water supplies and removing waste are beyond us? Crates full of toilet chemicals sitting next to the toilet cassette access door. Reminded me of this song: - It seems there is this desire to move the uniform urban sprawl around with folk in the form of their caravans! And here's me still believing that part of the draw of the hobby is to get out into the country not take the town with you!