Technology

Energy efficient cars

Energy efficient cars
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Resources:
Materials, Carbon
Sector:
All sectors
Investment cost:
High cost
Payback time:
0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Cost savings:
10 - 12% / 525€
Resource type:
gasoline, natural gas
Investment cost:
12950€
Payback time:
Energy efficient models can compensate for the added investment cost thanks to fuel savings and higher resale price at the end of the lifecycle period.
Assumptions taken in the presentation of the above performance indicators:

The environmentally friendly car was the same model as the conventional car (gasoline powered, efficiency class B), but powered by natural gas with efficiency class A+.

 

 

A comparison of a conventional car with an energy efficient one delivered positive results. The environmentally friendly car was the same model as the conventional car (gasoline-powered, efficiency class B), but powered by natural gas with efficiency class A+. The price of the conventional model was € 10 375 and the energy efficient model came to € 12 950.

Lifecycle analysis was carried our based on an estimated 60 000 km of driving over a four-year period. The conventional model recorded a yearly proportionate procurement cost of € 2 594, while the environmentally friendly car was more (€ 3 238). However, the additional cost can be offset by yearly fuel savings (€ 525) and higher resale value at end of the lifecycle.

Result

So, despite a higher entry costs, the yearly lifecycle costs (€ 3 325) are lower for the environmental friendly model, compared to the conventional model (€ 3 523). The energy efficient model also emits less CO2 compared to the conventionally powered car (i.e. 1 185 kg annually per 15 000 km versus 1 425 kg).

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