Energy

Poverty driving road deaths

Many road accidents are the result of simple poverty, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, whose road safety research was awarded by the Australian Police Journal, says most road safety messages don’t get through to the highest risk groups.

Time to prepare for oil price roller coaster

Motorists should prepare for sharp rises and falls in the price of fuel, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Every time there’s economic bad news, the oil price will generally drop, due to reduced demand. Every time there’s an interruption to oil supply, the price will generally rise sharply. Of course, this process has been going on for years, but the current global situation is likely to trigger extremes in oil prices over the next few years.”

Time to prepare for oil shock

Looming conflict in the Middle East could trigger a severe oil crisis, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Israel and Iran appear to be on collision course. There has been a major military buildup in Israel, possibly as a prelude to a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

“This could easily trigger a major conflict in the Middle East, and just as easily disrupt the supply of nearly one third of the world’s oil.”

Fuel economy figures ‘wildly inaccurate’

Fuel consumption figures quoted by the government are often both inaccurate and unreliable, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Time to prepare for oil crisis

The government needs to prepare for sudden, severe and ongoing oil shortages, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“For the last 100 years our world has run on cheap oil. This cheap oil is running out fast, yet most governments are largely ignoring this fact.”

Electric Cars a Major Environmental Threat

Despite their ‘green’ image, electric cars are often less efficient and more polluting than the petrol cars they replace, according to a major report released today.The 168-page report, titled The Emperor’s New Car, is described as a ‘long-overdue reality check’ by its author, car expert Clive Matthew-Wilson. The report was prepared in consultation with several internationally-recognised energy experts.Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

Warning over diesel vehicles

Small diesel cars are not the bargain they appear to be, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Holden’s small car will need a miracle

Holden is making promises that it may not be able to keep, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

“Holden has announced that it will build a small car in Australia. Holden can announce pretty well anything it wants, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The sad fact is, Holden’s car plants are losing money faster than a drunk at a casino and there’s no easy way of turning this around.”

Roller coaster ahead for oil prices

Cheap fuel prices are a Christmas present that may not last very long, says the carbuyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Low oil prices mean that suppliers are already cutting back production. Sooner or later the supply of oil will no longer meet demand, and the prices must go up again.”

“Low oil prices mean that oil companies will simply close down costly oil plants. Examples of this are deep-sea oil rigs and shale oil refineries, which are only really economic when international prices are high.”

Electricity shortage raises new doubts about electric cars

The current shortage of electricity raises further doubts about the viability of electric cars, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

“The Minister of Energy wants electric vehicles to gain a 5% market share by 2020, rising to 60 percent by 2040. If that many electric vehicles were in use today, then New Zealand would probably not have enough energy to power them. Worse, we would probably be forced to burn fossil fuels in order to power these cars”