Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Reality Check


The following editorial on Drive.com makes some telling findings on the real costs of motoring, and cuts through the hype about diesels and hybrids. More to the point for me, is that it makes a strong case for LPG -

When it comes to fuels, LPG is the only option that really saves buyers money.

I've posted on this before -

here

and

here

Another interesting piece is published in August 2008 Wheels magazine -

Size isn't everything Even the land of the free and the home of the truck is feeling the petrol pinch. For the better part of two decades, Ford's F-Series 'trucks' have been the best-selling vehicles in America. In May, the once mighty F-Series fell to fifth spot, with Honda's Civic claiming pole. The last car to topple the F-Series was another Blue Oval, the Taurus sedan, in December'92.

To conclude - If you want to save money - convert your car to LPG. You might also be helping the environment. The other point of interest is that Yanks are buying less big dumb vehicles. They've been a bit slow in catching on, but the market rules, doesn't it?




2 comments:

Cav said...

Yeah, I had a Fairlane on dual fuel - pretty cheap running.
But there are some mechanics (mine included)who say don't go near the stuff.
There can be a snag, on the Hume Freeway, just north of Goulburn, I stopped at FOUR petrol outlets and they were ALL out of LPG!
I think dual fuel is the way to go.
Will tax hungry Kev put up the excise?
Cav

1735099 said...

I agree with you about dual fuel. I do heaps of driving on western roads, and always carry a full tank of unleaded in case LPG supplies are out. Having said that, the only time I found an empty bowser was at Cunnamulla in May this year, and this was unleaded!
Combined range for my car is 1200km.
The excise is going up (under the previous government's legislation)-
"Under the changes announced today, LPG for cars, previously free of excise, will be taxed by 2.5 cents per litre from mid-2008. That'll go up to an eventual rate of 12.5 cents per litre by 2012."
(Source PM - 16th December 2003)
That's a lot better than the 38.5cpl we pay on unleaded.

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