DIESEL OR GASOLINE?

When buying a car, this is a classic doubt.
During the years, opinions have often been conflicting, even if for long time diesel engines have been judged to cause greater damages than gasoline ones. In July 2017, on the Scientific Report magazine, an article in favor of diesel cars was released. It reported about a study realized by researchers from the University of Montreal, in Canada, in collaboration with other international institutes. Mr. Patrick Hayes, responsible of the research, explains that great improvements have been made on the diesel engine during the latest year, making it much cleaner than before. Mr. Hayes claims that diesel engines have a worst reputation than the gasoline ones because it is possible to measure their polluting emissions, while the invisible pollution generated by gasoline engines remains somehow invisible. Results suggest policy makers should shift their focus on gasoline cars, as well.

THE MOST POLLUTED PLACES IN EUROPE

Do you know which are the most polluted cities in Europe?
The most polluted European areas are in the est-zone near the Asian continent and in Italy. The most affected cities in the east zone are in Poland and in Bulgary.The situation in Poland is so serious that last December in the city of Skala pollution exceeded the levels of Beijing. Poland is violating the European "Clean Air for Europe" directive in the capital Warsaw, which has been fined 900 thousand Euros. The Municipality has responded with a day of free public transport, an extraordinary measure never taken before and which aims to raise awareness among the inhabitants and encourage them to leave the car at home. Turin, Naples and Milan are the most polluted cities in Italy and in the Europe. Here, the situation is very delicate and dangerous. Turin is at the top of the list with 39 micrograms per cubic meter, while Milan reaches 37 mg/m3 and Naples 35 mg/m3. In the past years, these data have only worsened and the prevision for the future are not so encouraging. We need to do something! What about by starting to drive your car with a cool, more sustainable style?

HOW TO GET YOUR DRIVING LICENSE AROUND EUROPE

Which are the differences in eco-driving among many countries of the EU?
Do you know that in many countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Spain, it is necessary to take an eco-drive test before the driving license practice guide? We think it is a very good idea, because this improves people know-how in eco-driving style respect to other nationalities. Our hope is that all the European states will begin to require it and to teach to everyone who is about to start driving the techniques to be used to eco-drive.
Now it is time for the #TEST-drive !

FOUR SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

If you are tired to stay in the traffic or if you are tired to spend a lot of money for a car.... read our new articles! We live in a world where moving without a car seems impossible and more demanding: nothing is more wrong!
The 4 worst problems for drivers (and their solutions):
PROBLEM N° 1
Stress: driving after a long day of work is never pleasant, especially if we end up to get stuck in traffic. This can only lead to fatigue and bad mood.
Solution: if you go by bus or train, in the same amount of time required to get back by car, you can relax, continue what you were finishing at work or allow yourself a little bit of relax or sleep.
PROBLEM N° 2
Parking: how much time do we waste by looking for a parking spot? And what about when the only option is far from our destination?
Solution: if you are taking advantage of the public transport, you can decide at which stop to get off. Considering that stops are very close to each other, there will definitely be a bus stop close to your destination.
PROBLEM N° 3
Economy: how much money do you spend for car tax, insurance, gas and maintenance, every year?
Solution: if you start to take public transport and purchase daily/weekly/monthly tickets, you would be already aware of our expenses at the end of the month. No more car tax and insurance.
PROBLEM N° 4
Environment: traveling with your personal cars means increasing the gas emissions that pollute our cities’ air.
Solution: traveling with public transport means also respecting the environment, because leaving your car at home avoids contributing to the pollution of the city. It is no coincidence that there are several municipal administrations that invite people to travel by bus, tram and underground, especially at certain times of the year. In fact, if everyone would do it, you would breathe a much better air.

HYBRID VS ELECTRIC

Do you know which are the differences between this two cars?
HYBRID CARS:
A hybrid car is powered by two separate sources: an electric motor and a traditional engine. A rechargeable battery powers the electric motor, while the traditional engine is powered by petrol. The latter works for supporting the other one in an efficient way in order to obtain maximum energy consumption savings. Furthermore, hybrid cars do not need to be recharged at a specific location because their battery recharges itself through the motion of the car. When the vehicle is started, the electric motor starts at first and allows to move at low speed with zero emissions. In stop-and-go pace, the electric engine reduces fuel consumption.
HYBRID PLUG-IN CAR:
Plug-in hybrid cars deserve a special mention, since they represent the perfect mix between the characteristics of an electric vehicle and a hybrid one. This means that the vehicle can use a combination of power sources, like any other hybrid vehicle, but with the ability to be conveniently recharged from a power source, just like any electric car.
ELECTRIC CARS:
An electric car’s is powered exclusively by an electric engine, without the support of a petrol one. Before use it, the car must be recharged through the electric current.The car manufactures declared that models equipped with lithium batteries have an autonomy of 200 - 400 Km, while for some of the latest models on the market they announced up to 600 km.Electric cars are usually charged from the electric main.In this case, energy is generated by a variety of sources such as coal, hydropower, fuel oil, natural gas, other renewable sources or, in countries where this is allowed, nuclear energy. Electric cars have the advantage of not polluting and not releasing exhaust emissions.This car are more environmental friendly than hybrid cars.They have also throwbacks. Batteries do not last long, charging stations are still too few. Electric cars are recommended for short distances and in cities traffic, while they are not suggested for long distances.
Now it is time for the #TEST-drive !

NEW VEHICLES, LESS POLLUTION

Pollution is an environmental modification, which causes temporary or lasting damages. During the years, technological innovations in vehicle manufacturing have been put in place to oppose pollution.
VEHICLES EURO IV:
This standard is valid since 2006, with the aim of reducing air pollution on the basis of studies relating to the environmental chemistry of the air contaminated by vehicle pollutants. The Euro IV class was replaced by Euro V in 2008, which in 2014 was replaced by Euro VI.
HYBRID VEHICLES:
A hybrid vehicle is equipped whit a propulsion system powered by two or more components that work in synergy with each other, like an electric motor with a thermal engine. Vehicles, in which two or more forms of energy storages coexist for the pur-pose of mechanical generation, are called hybrid vehicles.
ELETRIC VEHICLES:
Electric vehicles have greater energy efficiency than almost every other internal combustion engines. For example, gasoline motors have an energy efficiency of 25-28% diesel motors reach 40%, but electric motors rise up to 90%, mainly thanks to a reduction of internal frictions.
Now it is time for the #TEST-drive !

ECO-DRIVING IT’S FREE

According to a recent research, the majority of the population doesn’t adopt an eco-driving style. Here are some tips for you to eco-drive:
  • Check your tires: before departures, check to have all tires fully inflated. Inflated tires save 2l of fuel and maintain stronger grip.
  • Get rid of useless weight and luggage racks: light traveling is safer and saves fuels. Both the weight of vehicle and the driving style have strong impact on fuel consumption and gas emission.
  • Average pace: keep a regular pace, avoiding nippy acceleration and hard breaking. This rule will make you save fuel.
  • Air conditioning above 18°: when the temperature are below 18°, you should not turn on the air conditioning because it only consumes gas and money.
  • Travel with your windows closed.
  • Check the car oil. It must be changed every 20.000km.
  • Accelerate smoothly and shift gear: traveling with a higher gear always saves a lot of fuel.
  • When you are uphill, accelerate and travel with the highest gear possible since traveling full throttle allows you save 30% of fuel.
  • Turn off the car in every occasion: at traffic lights, near slow crossroads, when someone is getting into the car or you are opening your garage. To switch off the car it’s always good, even for few seconds.
Now it is time for the #TEST-drive !
This project has received funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° 732068)