Every year I take my 22 year old Honda Civic for its MOT test and every year I cross my fingers that it will pass! I’ve looked for a new car for years, but they’ve all got stuff that costs lotsa dosh for extras that I don’t want, like SatNav and Bluetooth. Now we’ve moved on to the latest bit of Shitipedia – an engine that stops and starts when you’re not moving. Apparently, the Fourth Reich says we have to have this shit. I don’t want it and certainly don’t want to have to pay extra for it.
So what’s it all about? Well, it’s about saving the planet apparently. Official figures say that overall by not running the engine when the car isn’t moving it can improve your fuel consumption by ‘up to’ 3.5%. Wow! What a hell of a difference that cost saving will make! Book that holiday in the Maldives now!
But hang on a minute. That’s not actually a cost saving because you need a beefier battery. Your average car battery is about £70 but a beefier one to run this wonderful piece of technology comes in at around £160. And the average car starts up about 50,000 times over its life. This new wonder ups that 10 fold. This means your engine wears out faster.
So what it’s really all about is forcing you to replace your car more often, pay more for the new one, and buy more expensive and bigger batteries. All good for the motor industry but actually worse for you and definitely worse for the planet.
So all the carbon emissions you’re saving get used up in manufacturing extra stuff that you otherwise wouldn’t need to make. Apparently, research confirms that motorists are resistant to this particular bit of kit, but at the same time it confirms that they expect it! Says it all really!
Anyone know where I can get hold of a refurbished Volvo 240?…