With petrol heading up to $1.10 a litre it is about time the government started subsidising green vehicles. There is an increasing amount of green vehicles available, from the two seater smart car, to the prohibitively expensive Toyota Prius. People may complain that subsidising will cost the taxpayers money but this doesn’t have to be the case. People who buy petrol guzzlers could pay, they can afford a car that sucks down petrol as if it is going out of style.
It is about time to bring in a sliding scale of subsidies and taxes. There should be a tax on gas guzzling cars, the money raised can be used to subsidise green vehicles; the greener the vehicle the greater the subsidy, and the thirstier the vehicle the greater the tax. We need to make 2005 the year of the green vehicle, this area needs the serious attention of state and federal governments.
Here are some figures to ponder.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 4.4
Description: Hybrid vehicle uses electric motor and petrol engine; it has regenerative braking (when you put your foot on the brake it charges the batteries). It also has silent running mode (this is good for perverts). This car is pretty cool. It’s got all the gadgets you could want. It also has 5 seats, air conditioning, and power steering.
Smart Car Cabrio.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 4.8
Description: This car is strictly for wankers. It only seats two people and it’s bloody expensive. If you want to be good to the environment buy a Toyota Echo.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 5.7
Description: It seats 5 people, it’s cheap and has good fuel economy.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 15.3
Description: This car is for a different kind of wanker, who will be very good friends with people who own the following vehicle.
Land rover Discovery.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 16.6 (petrol) 9.4 (diesel)
Description: The people who drive this vehicle, lets face it, they are scumbags. They are far more likely to park in disabled spaces, they don’t give a stuff about the environment and have too much bloody money. This vehicle has one redeeming feature, it is available in diesel.
Litres per 100 kilometres: 13
Description: This is my van, fuel is too damn expensive and this shit box of a vehicle drinks too much of it, but I love it anyway (I call it Thunder bird 2, or Nazi noise box depending on my mood).
One thing I realised while writing this post was that fuel economy is not displayed on drive.com or any other of those car sales sites. I think fuel economy should be plastered across cars that are for sale just like the price is. Fuel economy is measured; at least in Australia using litres per 100 kilometres or L/100km. Displaying this information on these sites would be good for motorists and the environment.
A site to check out is the green vehicle guide.