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Re: Why a Twizy
I don't entirely agree with your point of view, but your points are well thought-out & presented.
I will always take the 'less is more' perspective that cars should be made from lighter materials and more efficient engines, rather than 'bolting-on' a solution, which only really addresses the CO2 produced in an urban cycle.
This, in my opinion is where the additional costs of more fuel-efficient cars should be heading, rather than on batteries.
On a personal note, I would like the VED test cycle to be made more representative of real-world motoring, where it could be 5 mins idling at a cold start (favours the hybrids), then 5 mins @ 30mph, 5 mins @ 40, 5 @ 50, 60 & 70 mph.
The test would take 25 mins and would more closely represent a car's 'true' mpg potential. Whereas at the moment, the test is only representative if your journey exactly replicates the test cycle (on a rolling road). Which is little wonder why many complain that the brochure figures are unattainable (even for hybrids).
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
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2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater