Here’s an interesting site…..spotted via Autoblog.
1985Gripen is currently keeping an eye out for a report that’s due quite soon into the well-to-wheel carbon output of various different fuels and production methods. Could this be a little prelude as to what might be in that?
Volvo have put together an Alternative Fuels and Powertrain site with an interesting little challenge piece.
The aim of this exercise is to see which fuel will go furthest before emitting 10kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Here are your choices. Click the image to enlarge:
So which one would you think goes furthest? The exercise is based not only on emissions from the pipe, but also takes into account the gas emitted during production etc.
Obviously, Saab’s interest is to see how E85 compares to the other fuel alternatives out there. I won’t spoil the results for anyone, but needless to say this exercise points out that E85 is not THE solution, but it’s a realistic piece of the puzzle. And a lot of the solution isn’t necessarily based on engine technology so much as fuel technology and infrastructure.
Click the link above to go and play around on the site yourself, or click through below to see the chart with all results included.
As you can see, E85 stacks up pretty well depending on the source it’s derived from. Even the worst E85 solution is around 60% better than straight petroleum.
And hydrogen’s not quite the answer either unless it’s derived from a very clean source.
Again, click to enlarge.
Our 16 year old thinks we should all strap pipes to the butts of cows. Next time someone tells you your car runs like crap, point out how much Co2 you’re saving by running it on manure!