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17 Dec 2009 02:12:03

Avis launches low-carbon collection

Avis launches low-carbon collection
A leading car rental company has introduced a low-carbon collection to its fleet.

Customers who rent a vehicle from Avis' new green transport series are guaranteed to receive a fuel efficient, sub-120 CO2 emissions, diesel model.

The company, which has been accredited a CarbonNeutral operation since 2002, will offer the new green models at 21 of its branches across the country.

Nick Mountfield, head of marketing at Avis UK, said: "We have often been asked by our customers to guarantee the availability of low-emission vehicles.

"With the arrival of 250 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDIs as our launch model for the Avis Eco Collection, we've ensured that our customers don't have to compromise on the quality or comfort of their vehicle to benefit from an environmentally responsible journey."

Avis launched its Avis Carbon Management Programme in 1997, in conjunction with The CarbonNeutral Company, and has since offset more than 147,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Reiterating its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the company has pledged to invest in more low-carbon vehicles if the new green transport series is popular with clients.



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18 Dec 2009

I confess that I haven't read this very carefully, but I would like to point-out that how "sub 120" the diesel car turns-out to be is entirely down to how it is driven. Energy Saving Trust, for instance, appear to neither know, nor care, that Diesel engines and Petrol engines are more different than simply burning a different variety of oil. They burn it under differing "thermodynamic" conditions. Petrol-engines burning it at more or less "Constant volume", whilst in a Diesel , the fuel burns at more-or less Constant pressure.
The result of this is that diesel's thermal efficiency decreases with increasing torque-demand, whilst Petrol's efficiency is best at large throttle-openings so that not much energy is used to drag the mixture into the cylinders. The Rule of thumb is therefore, don't "welly" a diesel, instead of changing-down a gear, and don't rev a petrol at small throttle openings instead of changing-up.

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