The lowest CO2 petrol car engine in the world!
As you know, for a ‘green household’ there is still one area which weighs heavy on my conscience and that’s our choice of vehicle.
As we run a wood burner and have to collect wood, we use a gas guzzling 4×4.
On the plus side, we only use it a couple of times a week and we do less than 6000 miles per year, but it’s still something I feel a bit guilty about and it makes up a large proportion of our small carbon footprint.
The other week we went to a meeting in London and being a naive country gal I learned first hand about London’s congestion charge! Basically you pay £10 for the privilege of driving your car through the city. The aim, of course, is to de-incentivise driving through the capital and to reduce pollution. The reality is everyone does it anyway and just pays the congestion charge.
Fiat 500 TwinAir
Some cars, however, are exempt from London’s congestion charge such as the Fiat 500 TwinAir. The car emits just 95g/km of CO2 and does nearly 70mpg. Compare that to my beast which we just about squeeze 23 mpg from! According to the NEDC standard, this makes the 500 TwinAir the lowest CO2 petrol car engine in the world.
Personalise your car
Now if you’re anything like me, you like to combine ‘eco’ with a bit of fun and a unique twist – we don’t all want to be judged as kaftan wearing hippies. You can put your stamp on the TwinAir by customising the wheels, the colour and even choose some funky go-faster stickers. By the time you’ve finished playing with all the combinations available to you, there are over 500,000 options!
Just to prove that ‘green’ isn’t all about deprivation you can opt for climate control, electric sunroof and rear parking sensors so it comes with all the mod cons. Achieving 0-60 in 11 seconds it’s a nippy car perfect for pottering around while living more lightly on the earth.
Being aware of the impact transport has on the environment Fiat have developed their Blue&Me system which offers the ability to track driving efficiency. It collects data about CO2 emissions and fuel consumptions by saving them to a USB key, which can then be connected to a PC and analysed. You can then receive advice on how to drive with a lower impact on the environment.
What about you? We all know that using public transport, bikes or walking is the greenest option, but if you need a car, does the Fiat 500 TwinAir appeal to you?