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Vehicle Fuel Types

Up until the last few years its been a fairly safe bet to buy a diesel car is to buy an economic workhorse that wasnt tailored for speed and likewise that a petrol burning car would be designed for power. This now however does not apply, there is crossover between the fuel types and even new fuel types. This guide will try to explain the differences and broadly speaking identify which suits you as a car or other vehicle buyer.

Petrol:
  • Petrol engines tend to be cheaper to get serviced.
  • A good new petrol engine will rival a diesel in economy
  • Quieter than diesels
  • More revs and more response from a petrol than the others
  • Being the primary choice for racing fuel for a long time has meant that petrol cars/engines have gained alot of advancements and even though diesels are getting better and genrally they are more economic, petrol cars are still being refined. Some petrol cars will do 5 times what thier yesteryear models will do in terms of miles per gallon (mpg.)
  • With global warming being a concern these days petrol engines have been pushed to a new level of low emmisions and improve with every new model - compared with 10 years ago our petrol cars are alot cleaner to run.

A petrol engine car is still best suited to a driver that seeks performance and response time. However this does not mean that they cannot be eco friendly - with the small engined cars like VW fox a diesel like mpg can be achieved easily.

   
Diesel:
  • They are broadly speaking more economical than petrol engines
  • Diesels do still maintain there Workhorse roots, offering more strength than petrol engines
  • Currently using its economical appearance to get lots of progression from the car/engine builders - diesels have progressed very well over the last ten years, mainly due to being coupled with turbochargers. Diesels now are rarely seen without one - TDI (turbo diesel injection or turbo diesel intercooled) badges are as common as GTI these days.
  • The inclusion of turbochargers means that for little more fuel expenditure diesels are catching up with petrol performance, however they can still be alot louder, shake alot more and produce alot more smoke than petrol cars.

Best suited for the motorway driver or the professional courier - diesel engines still provide a level of economy not found within the petrol market.

 
   
Electric:
  • No Congestion Charges
  • No Road Tax
  • No Emmisions
  • Free parking in London
  • Free charging in London
  • Low insurance groups (because they are slow)
  • Completly silent
  • Electric cars are developing at speeds similar to diesel or petrol equivelent vehicles. They have alot of plus points as above but also feature restrictive points such as they typically only cover 50 mile - 60 mile journeys, so anywhere more than 30 miles away and you would not get home.
  • They do not have comparable performance to a petrol or diesel equivelent but this will develop as time goes by.
  • You can just plug them into the socket to recharge them, without paying (in London) however if the power you are plugging it into is from a power plant then potentially it does have emissions, indirectly.

Ideal for a city driver where speed is not really an issue, they are usually small and compact making city parking and driving easy. They accelerate slowly and can only offer short distance journeys, but offer no emissions or noise making them the perfect city car.

 
 
Hybrid:
  • Exempt from Congestion Charges
  • Lower Road tax than conventional engined cars
  • Ultimatly attempt to combine best aspects of electric and diesel/petrol in one.
  • Hybrid cars are making their way onto UK roads in increasing numbers, thier combination of small petrol or diesel engines and an electrical battery/motor system provides higher claimed mpg than some diesels and due to balancing the driving load between an electrical no emmisions system and a low emmisions diesel or petrol engine, they produce a lot less emmisions.
  • They benifit from developments and refinements in both conventional engines and electrical motors.

The hybrid car/vehicle would be suited to a driver that would like to use an electric car for the low emmisions and savings, but needs to travel a distance of more than 30 miles. Motorway driving is available but city electric savings apply. Not suited to a driver seeking performance.

 
   
Bio-Ethanol:  
  • Like Hybrid cars bio-ethanol engines combine two good ideas. They can run on a mixture of ethanol and petrol or one or the other.
  • Ethanol is produced from farmable crops, with the crops actually absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.
  • By being of a higher octane ethanol will burn to a higher extent, allowing more efficiency or power to be drawn from the fuel.
  • Produces slightly less emmissions than petrol
  • Not many garages sell bio-ethanol, however as you drive around it is apparent more are every day 'bio-fuel'

Bio-Ethanol is a fuel comparable to petrol, and provided you have a local garage that sells it a viable choice. Typically for the driver that still wants more performance and response similar to petrol with an eco-view.

 
 
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