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World’s Most Aerodynamic and Efficient Production Car

Volkswagen: VW XL1 Headed for Production at 261 MPG
A bit more than 10 years after the first prototype was shown, the Volkswagen XL1 is now officially on its way to the marketplace as the most efficient production car in the industry and the most aerodynamic production car ever. The tale of the tape: A nifty 261 mpg combined in the European testing cycle and a coefficient of drag of just 0.189—to put that into perspective, the 2013 Toyota Prius manages a Cd of 0.29 and the notably slippery 2013 Tesla Model S comes in at 0.24.


DIY: Build Your Own Car

“The whole point of designing an electric vehicle is to save energy. So it pays to keep that in mind when you’re adding a bunch of new things to an older car. When you are retrofitting a car, you need to install electric vehicle components such as a motor, controller, batteries, a charger, and accessories.”

UPS Setting Green Example For Other Businesses

UPS which is known for their signature brown delivery trucks are turning green. They’ve recently made the largest commercial grade order of hybrid electrical vehicles and CNG vehicles than any other company to date. So, why the change? UPS has decided to go green in a big way through creating an alternative fuel delivery fleet. Already a pioneer in the business they possess the U.S. record for the largest private fleet which they plan on expanding over the next few years. The UPS “Green Fleet” is currently operating in locations throughout the world including France, Brazil, and the United Kingdom to name a few. These fleets will assist in reducing carbon emissions and the company’s negative impact on the environment.

One of the vehicles UPS has purchased for their eco-friendly fleet is the Xebra. This compact automobile releases zero-emissions and are surprisingly more cost-effective for the company than their standard delivery trucks. The newly introduced green fleet is expected to save 176,000 gallons of gasoline and reduce Co2 emissions by 1,786 metric tons a year. The fleet will include CNG and HEV vehicles. The 300 CNG vehicles operate on natural gas. These types of automobiles use clean burning fuel that helps the environment instead of causing pollution. HEV’s hybrid system conserves fuel by using a battery pack, generator, and power unit which pumps electric power when needed. Each hybrid uses regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is when the energy generated in the process of stopping or braking is saved and returned to the vehicle’s main battery system. UPS’s alternative fleet trucks are constructed inside to appear similar to the traditional delivery vehicles but they are now more “green” than brown.

According to UPS’s corporate sustainability officer Bob Stoffel, the company is focusing on conservation programs and increasing network efficiency to reduce their overall fuel usage. The alternative fuel fleets are not the only green improvements UPS has made. They have route optimization, new airline strategies, next-generation packaging solutions, and paper conserving technology to continue their environmentally conscious efforts. Their leading edge technology enables them to find the best routes possible to prevent the wasting of fuel. UPS utilizes CDA’s which are continuous descent arrivals for airline landings which also lessens harmful emissions released into the air. UPS uses eco-friendly products that are reusable for their packaging now also. Like many other companies they have decided to go paperless with invoices and preserve trees.

Many companies claim to go green but UPS is actually making the commitment and sticking with it. It’s important for businesses to see the positive effects of becoming more environmentally conscious. The process of going green can be tedious but the benefits are endless for a company that really wants to make a difference.

UPS has a sensational “green” program that truly sets the bar high for other businesses to follow. If more companies venture in the direction UPS has taken the environment and the world can change for the better.

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Reduce Gas, Save Money & Environment

With current rising gas prices, environmental concerns, and financial worries in a potential unstable economy it is more important than ever to learn new methods to conserve. Reducing your gas usage will instantly save you money and limit further air pollution caused by harmful emissions. There are nine super easy tips you can follow to help save the planet and your pocket through reduction of your dependence on gasoline.

• Regular Tire Maintenance – Taking the time to make sure your tires are properly inflated is essential for fuel efficiency. The average driver wastes thousands of dollars of gas a year from driving a under-performing vehicle. It’s usually free or extremely inexpensive to inflate your tires.

• Follow the Speed Limit – Speeding can do more than simply get you a ticket. It’s also a major waste of gas. Many drivers who stray from the recommended speed limit are bound to make extra trips to the gas pump. Stay within the speed limit.

• Take it Easy – Try not to accelerate quickly and avoid hitting the brakes hard. This common bad driving habit can cost you valuable money and limit your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

• Tune it Up – If you can’t afford to invest in an alternative fuel vehicle than regularly tuning up your current automobile is important. A well-tuned car will not emit as much pollution.

• Check Air Filters – Air plays a major role in the function of your engine. Dirty filters hinders your car’s efficiency. Check your filter frequently and replace it if needed. The environment is worth it.

• De-Junk & De-Clutter – Most drivers have additional weight in their automobile which causes the engine to go into overdrive consuming larger amounts of gasoline than necessary. Clear out any items in your car that you do not need. The less the better for a high performing vehicle.

• Eliminate Wind Resistance – Having a roof rack causes the car to use additional fuel to get from point A to point B. Remove your rack and save cash. It’s really a simple task you can do quickly.

• Research Your Vehicle – Different models and makes have specific flaws that can contribute to low fuel efficiency and environmental hazards. Research the model of your car and find out what to be on the look out for. Correcting these small issues can assist in reducing your fossil fuel use.

• Monitor Check Engine Lights – Mal-functioning check engine lights are often a sign of a more serious problem. They also cause poor vehicle performance.

Saving the planet is an ongoing process that we all must participate in. Although, it may not seem like much taking small steps in reduction of fossil fuel wastes and dependency can greatly improve the amount of daily pollution. Becoming more environmentally conscious can save you money at the pump as well. Try taking little baby steps in reducing your need for gasoline and slowly you will adjust to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

* Follow our next 10 post series on Gas, Cars, & The Future for tips and ideas on how to conserve at the pump! Break your dependence on fossil fuel and save the planet in the process!

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