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Guest post: Not all big cars are bad for the environment

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Modern times have brought with them an increased concern for the environment, and a whole range of ecological considerations for car owners. Luckily, car manufacturers have risen to the occasion and recognised the need for efficient cars that are ecologically conscious while still delivering adequate power and performance. Here a few reasons why not all big cars are bad for the environment, and some ways that you can keep your daily drive as green as possible.

Choose Diesel

Manufacturers have spent a lot of time and money creating diesel engines which are far friendlier for the environment than normal petrol cars. Burning diesel produces less greenhouse gas, converts more fuel into mechanical energy and is more efficient than petrol. With many larger models running on diesel, big cars can be a better choice ecologically than their smaller petrol counterparts.

Electric Advantage

Electric cars are no longer simply a sci-fi style gimmick. While the prices for entirely electric models are still higher than conventional petrol cars, they are set at a realistic and achievable price point and have been extensively marketed towards average car buyers. With a range of manufacturers supporting the switch to electric, expect to see more and more plug in cars recharging in the average garage overnight!

Dual Diversity

For those who aren’t quite comfortable relying solely on electric technology, why not consider a hybrid car. These cleverly created models are the perfect balance between electronic efficiency and traditional petrol power. Hybrids offer a great compromise and a step towards cleaner, greener cars for the future.

Modern Efficiency

As cars have developed, they have become increasingly efficient. Emissions are down, as is fuel consumption, making new cars much greener than most of their older counterparts. This means that you can feel confident that even a large car such as the new Land Rover SUV is significantly more ecologically conscious than a smaller car which is older and possesses less technology and environmentally conscious design.

Adaptive Driving Techniques

How you drive has a huge impact on the fuel consumption and generally efficiency of your vehicle. By being conscious of your driving techniques and adapting to different traffic situations, you can not only save money at the petrol pump but help reduce environmental impact as well. Try and drive consistently, applying pressure to either the accelerator or the brake as smoothly as possible to maintain the best fuel efficiency in your vehicle.

These points serve to illustrate that big doesn’t necessarily mean bad for the environment. Thanks to an increasing ecological awareness in society, car manufacturers have truly stepped up to the plate and produced a range of cars which offer the perfect blend of green efficiency and top performance. With this change in design, expect to see more bigger cars which are fun to drive, easy to use and environmentally friendly.

Jack has been an engineer for 5 years and is a complete rev head. He has 3 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.

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