Hyundai is on a roll of late with its alternative energy vehicles taking home prizes. First was recent news the auto manufacturer's Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle had gotten a prefect score at a "sustainable road mobility" event in Shanghai, China. Now we find out from the Land Down Under it won Australia's most recent Panasonic World Solar Challenge race in the Greenfleet Technology Class. This challenge, though focused on solar-powered cars, also allows for other classes of participation in fuel efficient vehicles.
The Hyundai i30 was the vehicle that got the honors in the race for best fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions. Hyundai said the 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel journeyed over 3,000km from Darwin to Adelaide last month, consuming 3.2 litres of fuel per 100km and emitting 97g of CO2 per kilometer traveled. The i30 is fitted with a 1.6-liter diesel "using a common rail injection system. The CRDi engine is fitted with a turbocharger featuring variable vane geometry for optimal air intake at any engine speed."
The i30, which is targeted toward European car drivers, beat out what many would consider very environmentally friendly cars. Hyundai seemed proud to state that "by comparison, the Leaseplan Toyota Prius consumed 5.6 litres per 100km and emitted 146g of CO2 per kilometer." The Peugeot 207 HDi consumed 3.9 litres per 100km and emitted 118g of CO2 per kilometer. Meanwhile, Team Ethanol Saab BioPower (85 percent ethanol and unleaded gas) consumed 9.3 litres per 100km and emitted 148g of CO2 per kilometer.
written by yowiee, January 29, 2008
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