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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Q&A Darren Moody answers readers’ questions Hi Darren Can we believe the hype about hybr id and electric cars? Are they really eco- friendly? On the face of it, electric cars emit less polluting carbon. But what about the extra pollution emitted at the power station where the electr icity is produced? Tasmania is using more coal- produced electricity since the decision was made not to produce more hydro power in our state. Can the R ACT provide a definitive guide as to which form of propulsion is really eco-friendly? Michael Fruin Fran kford Thanks Michael There’s currently plenty of discussion about Electric Vehicles (EVs) and L ow Emission Vehicles (LEVs). EVs have zero tailpipe emissions but they do have an emission footprint if the power used to recharge the vehicle is produced by carbon- emitting power stations. There is also some conjecture relating to the required mining, processing and manufacture of batteries for these vehicles, all of which produce a carbon footprint. LEVs such as hybrid (petrol/electric) vehicles usually don’t need to plug-in to recharge – instead, a petrol, diesel or LPG engine provides drive assistance and/or charging, so they do have tailpipe emissions. Also the additional weight imposed on these vehicles because of the battery pack can impact on overall economy. I have found small diesel- engined vehicles can produce very low economy figures, compared to hybrids using the same driving patter ns; and can also offer similar CO2 emissions to hybrids, despite using a less-clean fuel. Many factors combine to make a tr uly eco- friendly vehicle, not the least of which is the driver. My advice is to buy the smallest, safest, most economical vehicle that will suit your pur poses. Darren WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, hidden in the magazine, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close 4 July. The last Prize Pot was on page 14. Winners $5oo Early Registration Footy Tipping Prize Mr P D Kidd, East Ridgley Sound of Music Tom Srodzinski Beller ive Natalie Parkinson Riverside D. and C. Saunders Howrah Rosemaree Wickham Howrah Quick Win Margaret Hamilton Berr iedale Holden model Anne Webster Cambridge The Seagull Yvonne Smith Howrah Lynette Green Claremont Jackie King Lindisfar ne Prize Pot Rodney Porter Forth Stephany Fehre Howrah Michele Sanders East Devonport Go To Guide Maureen Gale Burnie Cool Camping Helen Poke Cressy Crack Hardy David Bryce Howrah Choose your own arts adventure Like touring? Love the arts? You’ll enjoy a new interactive website developed by Arts Tasmania’s industry development team, ar ts@ work. The smart map tasmania website gives you up-to-date information on over 100 of Tasmania’s best ar ts exper iences and helps you customise an arts touring itinerary. Every arts experience listed includes contact details, exhibition programs, performance dates and available facilities. When you’ve added your favourites to a wish-list, smart map tasmania uses Google map technology to pinpoint locations and experiences. Then, w ith a printout of your itinerar y handy, you’ ll have no trouble finding your way to your next arts destination. What are you doing this weekend? Begin your arts journey by visiting: www. smartmaptas.com.au Life on the move June / July 2011 27 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Low-Risk Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5612 Devonport 6421 1918 Burnie 6434 2913 6609 www.ract.com.au
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