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Today, at our Ottershaw filling station, we are installing low energy LED canopy lighting. As part of our energy monitoring programme at Ottershaw, we are working to reduce our environmental impact, and hopefully reduce our costs at the same time!

The installation, carried out by Blueserve Facilities will be carried out in lanes, so that we will not be closing our forecourt at any time.

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Earlier this year Honda (UK) invited a few of its Twitter followers, to make a video-based test drive review of the new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC. But no ordinary review - a challenge to find how far the new Civic Diesel might go on a single tank of diesel.

With an official combined fuel economy of 78.5 mpg, the 120 PS i-DTEC engined Civic and its 50 litre capacity fuel tank could theoretically cover a range of over 850 miles - but we all know the official figures set by industry standard simulated test cycles are rarely comparable to real life driving and speeds.

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Greener Driving

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

If you don't want to change your current car, there are still ways you can drive greener:

Lose Some Weight

Don't drive around with unnecessary weight in your car - the engine will have to work harder and use more fuel. Empty your car of anything that you don't need to carry around all the time. Remove roof boxes and roof racks when you're not using them - they cause extra aerodynamic drag, which will raise your fuel consumption. Open windows and sunroofs do the same; and for the same reason, get any loose items of external trim fixed.

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Honda Insight is Britain's Greenest Car

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Britain's 'greenest' car is the Honda Insight with the 'least green' car being the 8.0 litre Dodge SRT-10, according to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA). It calculates that a year's driving in the Dodge emits the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as is absorbed by 322 mature trees - the equivalent of an acre of oak forest. The ETA examined over 1,300 models of car currently on sale in Britain and compared their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and the amount of noise they produce to create a definitive guide to buying the 'greenest' vehicle.

The Insight, which has emissions of 101 g/km captured the Green Car of the Year 2009 title, while the Dodge emits 488 g/km. The Insight was also named the best small family car from a 'green' perspective.

Andrew Davis, director at the Environmental Transport Association, said:

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The Honda Insight has been named Green Car of the Year 2009 by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA).

The ETA examined over 1300 models of car currently on sale in Britain and compared their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise they produce to create a definitive guide to buying the greenest vehicle.

Andrew Davis, director at the ETA, said:

The discrepancy between the greenest and the least green cars in Britain today is striking, but the market is changing and a combination of consumer pressure alongside government leadership will result in an increasing choice of environmentally-sound cars.

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Honda has announced a new system to encourage economical driving.

Unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show, the Ecological Drive Assist System will make its debut in the new Insight saloon, which goes on sale in spring next year.

It combines three functions: an ECON system that controls the engine and transmission to support more fuel-efficient driving, a guidance system that tells drivers when to change gear and a dashboard scoring display that provides feedback on driving.

John Kingston, Environment Manager at Honda, says:

Hybrid technology delivers great fuel economy and low emissions, but these can both be affected by driving style. This new package encourages greener, more efficient driving, in a fun and engaging way.

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Honda unveiled the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle in the US, starting summer 2008.

Tetsuo Iwamura - American Honda president and CEO - said:

The FCX Clarity is a shining symbol of the progress we've made with fuel cell vehicles

The Honda FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Featuring tremendous improvements to driving range, power, weight and efficiency - and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle - the FCX Clarity marks the significant progress Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.

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SUV Buyers are turning green

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Britain's SUV buyers are making greener choices in the showroom, according to latest industry sales figures. Cars like Honda's CR-V are selling better than ever, as they offer a cleaner, smaller alternative to the traditional 4x4 stereotype.

Despite negative public feeling towards 4x4s – that influenced a drop of 4% in the sector – sales of the low emissions CR-V increased by 28 per cent over the first six months of the year (11,665 cars to the end of June 2007 versus 9,086 for the same period last year) – and the Honda continues to top the charts as the UK's favourite SUV.

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Honda named greenest car-maker

Thursday, 15 March 2007

In the latest ranking from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the US pressure group, the Japanese brand topped the table for the fourth time in a row.

It narrowly beat Toyota, which was commended for making cuts in global warming pollution. Hyundai-Kia was placed third, followed by Nissan and Volkswagen. The US car-makers fared poorly with Ford in sixth place ahead of General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler, which was ranked as the least environmentally friendly manufacturer.

There is a huge gap between the cleanest and dirtiest car-makers

Don Mackenzie - Union of Concerned Scientists

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HONDA IS supplying ammunition to drivers of its 4x4s in the first concerted effort by a car-maker to combat the growing antagonism towards gas-guzzlers.

The Swindon maker is to send a letter and stickers to all new customers of the new CR-V to help them defend themselves from 4x4 detractors. It is a direct response to concerned Honda customers asking for help, says the car-maker.

The stickers and letter both carry the message 'Not all 4x4s are the same'. They highlight the fact that the Honda CR-V is cleaner, safer and smaller than most.

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