posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 09:29 AM
Mileage efficiency: Brilliant
Road tax band: Lower than the cast and crew of Das Boot
Price: What? You are having a laugh arent you?
Heres the thing that I will never be able to fathom about car makers and thier ecologically friendly vehicles. There are two reasons why one would
want an ecologically friendly car. One of those reasons has to do with having fantasies involving pandas, sperm wales, a hot tub, and a look at your
carbon foot print reduction to get you hot and bothered. This reason, also requires one to be so well off that one can afford to think about such
abstract ideas, so well off, that one can afford to source everything one uses at great financial cost, and a minimal ecological one.
Then, theres the good reason to buy an ecologically friendly ANYTHING, which is that because it has less impact on the environment, the Europeans
wont charge you as much for doing it, owning it, or what have you. In the specific case of the car, it will reduce your fuel cost day to day, because
it does more miles with less fuel. It will, provided it is efficient enough, cause your road tax to change, or nearly vanish altogether. In summary
then, it is supposed to be CHEAPER.
But it isnt. At the moment ecologically friendly automobiles currently come in two varieties in the main, those being utterly tedious and overpriced,
and bloody AMAZING but RIDICULOUSLY expensive! This means that no matter which end of the scale you purchase from, you are going to be paying a great
deal in insurance. Not only that, but in the case of models such as the VW XL1, the price is not just ridiculous, but utterly unreasonable.
Currently all the people who live in Hollywood and are movie actor types, swan around in thier Prius's happy in the belief that they are offsetting
all that nasty carbon they used getting themselves and thier handbag dogs to Manila for the latest film they were working on, and then that little
stop at San Moritz to meet with whatever bit of fluff they happen to be ravishing this month. They might see this thing and say "Well gee whizz! I
might just fly this thing out next time I go on location!".
Where as the man on the street is just looking to prevent his hard earned pennies from dissapearing up George Osborne's behind. Until car
manufacturers create cars which combine the efficiency and dynamic behind this example, and the price of a 1995 Proton Persona, the eco-car market is
going to be full of the most pointless things ever to possess four wheels and an engine.