Rent Direct Adds Petrol Cars and Vans to its Rental Fleet
We are starting to make the switch away from diesel cars and vans, initially to petrol cars and vans, until greener technology is developed further.
We are pleased to announce the addition of the following vehicles to our hire fleet:
Citroen C3 Puretech 82 1.2 petrol 5dr
The Citroen C3 Puretech 82 is packed with new technology to make driving easy and the three cylinder stop start engine delivers great performance and fuel efficiency.
Visit the Citroen web site for more details: www.citroen.co.uk
Peugeot Partner Vans
We are adding two new Peugeot Partner vans to our fleet.
The Partner is a small van with an utra efficient petrol engine delivering up to 68.9 mpg. It has a payload of 552 – 680kg. Payload volume is up to 4.1m3.
Visit the Peugeot web site for more details: www.business.peugeot.co.uk
Hiring our Petrol Car and Vans
If you are interested in hiring any of our petrol vehicles, just phone either our Cambridge or Peterborough offices and we will be able to give you more details about the vehicles and prepare a car hire or van hire quote for you.
Why the Move Away from Diesel Hire Vehicles?
History – Motorists Were Encouraged to Buy Diesel Cars by the UK Government
Since the turn of the century the UK Government has supported the use of diesel cars, rather than petrol. Current research indicates that the policy of subsidising diesel fuelled cars and vans has resulted in worse air pollution in our towns and cities. According to one minister they are “literally killing people”.
Diesel cars omit less carbon dioxide than petrol cars, so in efforts to control climate change, which is thought to contribute to global warming, people were encouraged to buy diesel powered vehicles. A vehicle tax subsidy was applied to diesel vehicles and diesel prices have been lower than petrol prices for many years.
Diesel engines also produce more miles to the gallon and have greater torque i.e. pulling power. All of these factors have led to motorists making the switch from traditional petrol cars to diesel cars over the last 15 years. About half of cars on UK roads are now diesel powered.
Recent Research – Diesel Cars are Causing Harmful Air Pollution
Diesel cars have been found to be contributing to harmful air pollution, which is especially damaging to human health in built up areas such as cities, where there is a concentration of cars. Diesel powered engines produce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.
The particulate matter contains hundreds of chemical elements, including carcinogenic compounds. These are tiny particles that irritate the eyes, nose throat and lungs, which contributes to respiratory and heart disease.
Could New Regulation See Diesel Cars Banned?
Regulators are looking at ways to clean up air quality in cities around the world. Initial indications are that anyone driving a diesel car will be charged to enter UK cities. Diesel scrappage schemes are also being considered, to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner technology.
Greener technology for cars, such as electric powered cars and petrol / electric hybrid models are improving in performance all the time and petrol engines have been developed that are more efficient.
Vehicle tax legislation now favours smaller engines with cleaner emissions, so this really is the start of the end for diesel cars.