Re: [DMCForum] Fuel Prices.
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Re: [DMCForum] Fuel Prices.

>The Honda Insight was just not as practical a car, as the Toyota
>Prirus is. It got better worse economy, and couldn't haul as much. But
>Insights are still pretty cheap as used cars, since they just can't
>hold their value.
Hybrid cars are a total waste of time. They may be cleaner in the city
but they're less fuel efficient than a standard diesel, cc for cc. This
will never change.

>HOWEVER, the oil industry is certainly doing what it can to crush
>alternative fuel sources. Biodiesel, and straight grease have been
>gaining ALLOT of popularity. And as a result, diesel vehicles are
>becoming more and more in demand. However, the oil industry has
>countered by raising Diesel prices.
There's actually a reason for this and it has been discussed in the
media over here recently. The increased tax burden on diesel fuel was
actually relaxed because the proportion of diesel cars on the road is
approaching 40% (actually over 50% in France now) but the price is still
higher. Why? It's simply because diesel fuel is refined from the
by-products of making petrol! So it's not just a case of turning on
another tap at the refinery and filling up your tanker with diesel
instead - you've got to have a refinery set up for making it in the
first place. Obviously Europe is quite further ahead in this, but
they're still moaning about not having the capacity. Diesel is typically
5 or 6p per litre more than petrol. Thankfully this now represents a
smaller proportion of the total (now typically 95p/litre!!!) than it
used to, so there're more incentives to buy a diesel now than ever. And
some of the modern engines really are getting very good from the likes
of Renault, Peugeot/Citroen, and VW/Audi. If only the government
actually looked more closely at Biodiesel...

99 Citroen Xantia HDi


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