Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Fuel Efficient Cars Could Increase Your Carbon Footprint

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 164

It's always preferable for things to work in the most efficient manner possible, especially if they run on harmful fossil fuels. This logic has led many people, who wish to drive down the size of their carbon footprint, to invest in a new, more fuel efficient car.

However, whilst there is no denying that owning a car which makes more use of the fuel you put into it will help you save money, especially in the light of astronomically high petrol prices, the question of whether your decision will actually benefit the environment is a lot less straight forward.

This is because you have to factor the emissions derived from the cars manufacture into the equation if you truly wish to base your decision on picking the greenest possible option. In some cases the truth of the matter is that, when the carbon footprint of manufacturing a new car is worked into the equation, you'd be better off finding a reasonably efficient second hand car. This is of course a recurring paradox for those who, as consumers, want to make greener choices- whilst fresh products are constantly being innovated and marketed as being 'eco-friendly', unless they are 100% recycled, it's normally more environmentally sound to buy something used, even if it is less 'green', than to buy anything new.

On top of this, when it comes to electric cars, it's important not to think of the vehicle as being zero emissions to run. Though they are called 'electric' cars, in reality they are, for the most part, powered by fossil fuels, as the plants that provided the power you use to charge the car will often run on substances such as coal.

Of course, it is much easier to make the case for such a switch if the car you currently drive is gas guzzling 4 x 4, or if, for example, you live somewhere where you can be sure that a decent amount of the electricity being supplied to the grid you'd use to charge the car comes from nuclear energy rather than fossil fuels, as would be the case in a country like France, for instance.

Whilst each case is different and has to be taken on its merits, it really is worth attempting to research the carbon footprint involved before buying a car, even if it is 'eco-friendly', and thinking about just how far you'd have to drive before the emissions you save by using it offset the emissions caused by its original manufacture.

Steve Waller writes about a wide range of environmental issues on his blog,, from fuel efficient cars, to supermarket sustainability.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Fuel Efficient Cars


Hybrid Cars


Electric Cars


Fuel Efficient Engine


Carbon Footprint

If you have problems in maintaining your used Sacramento Ford car model, then this is the right time to approach the Ford auto repairing mechanic to get things fixed in time. This is to ensure that

By: Nick Pruett l Automotive > Classic Cars l April 03, 2013 lViews: 599

This article is written about a company offering stunning range of mopeds and eco friendly scooters at affordable prices . Gas powered scooters are the perfect means of transport if you want to

By: Mark Claint l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 23, 2012 lViews: 591

The Mahindra bikes are the top most important and supposed developed company in India, which is productively liability their business in the Indian auto market with its dealership networks across the

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 03, 2012 lViews: 269

CARTATTS, a design driven, boutique studio with a passion for cars and design have launched their first release of tattoo inspired, custom-designed, high quality decals. CARTATTS is the brainchild of

By: AlanRichard l Automotive > Car Detailing Customization l December 02, 2012 lViews: 254

When it comes to going on a road trip, the drive there can sometimes end up being a bit boring. Though you might have a fantastic time once you arrive at your holiday destination, if there is a long

By: Alan Trotter l Automotive > Mobile Audio Video l November 24, 2012 lViews: 419

Hero impulse is the design of Hero group, after the Hero and Honda group sidelined. The company has introduced its extremely first bike in the market dubbed like Hero impulse. It is an outstanding

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l November 19, 2012 lViews: 395

In this age of speedy online shopping, its easy to find exactly the DC electric motor you are looking for from the comfort of your own laptop or desktop computer. That is, however, if you know

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 10, 2012 lViews: 209

DC injection braking is a halting system used with AC drives and works by the sudden input of a direct current into an alternating current system, which causes the machine to slow down and stop. This

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 06, 2012 lViews: 203

These days, our cars are becoming less efficient and petrol prices continue to skyrocket, leading many commuters to filling their cars up two or even more times a week. This will eventually take a

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 05, 2012 lViews: 166

In the near future our cars will begin to have more and more autonomous driving features, until eventually, they will drive themselves. Indeed, at that point the USPS will have robotic delivery

By: Lance Winslowl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 04, 2012 lViews: 198

Water is a free and renewable resource that can be used to fuel our vehicles and make it perform quite efficiently. Converting your car so that it can run on water will be a smart decision since it

By: Roberta Barrowl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 02, 2012 lViews: 172

Some people do not even realize that a number of the machines and equipment they use every day operate using an electric motor until something goes wrong with it. Fortunately, there are some engine

By: John K. Taylorl Automotive > Hybrid Energy Efficientl July 02, 2012 lViews: 229

The stock market can be intimidating for some people who are planning to get into investing. It's an unpredictable and dynamic financial force that can give people some reasons to be concerned about

By: Stephen Wallerl Investing > Stocksl February 29, 2012 lViews: 137