• Mar 18, 2011
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The fleet of 2010 model year vehicles sold in Australia posted the nation's lowest-ever combined carbon dioxide emissions. At 212.6 grams per kilometer of CO2, Australia's 2010 vehicle fleet spewed 2.7 percent less emissions than the nation's 2009 lineup of automobiles.

The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) as calculated by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), figures include all passenger cars, SUVs, light-duty commercial pickup truck, vans and buses that weigh at less than 3.9 metric tons. This mean that Australia's posted CO2 figures include vehicle types that aren't measured when calculating combined emissions ratings in most countries.

Interestingly, Australia's reduction in CO2 emissions comes without regulations that have forced automakers to develop even cleaner vehicles in other countries. FCAI chief executive officer, Andrew McKellar, released this statement:
This is one of the most significant yearly improvements in the NACE figure and demonstrates the industry's commitment to continue to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. The result is a combination of improvements in vehicle technology and a change in consumer buying preferences. Carbon-dioxide emissions from new vehicles have been reduced significantly without regulation, and the industry now looks forward to working constructively with the federal government in developing a new standard
McKellar credits strong sales of diesel and hybrid vehicles, as well as incremental improvements made to the good ol' gasoline engine, with reducing Australia's NACE figures.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the effect of what Eric likened as sky high prices in Hawaii, $1.20 per liter for unleaded (x 3.8 for US gallons if you are unfamiliar with the unit).

      GM (Holden) is going to crow about how virtuous they are in the consumption department but they are not, partly because these prices are not really high compared to Europe. If you expect CO2 efficiencies of Europe of 100-150g/km (Fiat 500 to Audi A6 3l diesel) in OZ Canberra is going to have to apply policy.

      Raise the cost of petrol (probably a more sensible policy move that encourages alternate fuels and reduces consumption and let the market sort it out if hydrogen is better than ethanol or BEV or hybrids or...) or institute efficiency requirements for vehicles sold (a little more left wing and might be almost as good, certainly easier to campaign on)

      Australia's car fleet average in 2004 was 11.5 L/100 km (20.5 mpgU.S.), compared with the average new car consumption in the same year of 25.3 mpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        Closer to $1.50/liter is OZ at the moment.

        I recently returned from a trip to the US and estimate fuel costs approx 1/2 as much there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing exciting to read here.

      "McKellar credits strong sales of diesel and hybrid vehicles"

      There are not strong relative sales of hybrid vehicles.

      Australia has on of the lowest take up of hybrids per capita in the world - we have only bought 16,000 of the worldwide 3,000,000 Prius's sold. And 7,000 Hybrid Camry's.


      We still are waiting on plug-in EVs from a major automaker here unfortunately.
      • 3 Years Ago
      212,6g "low"? I hope they have a rating, which produces even much higher values than the US EPA rating does...