Friday, 2 September 2016
I own a classic military vehicle. I mention this, not because it has any great wargaming relevance, because lets face it a M1009 CUCV radio truck is hardly likely to be the central attraction of a wargame, but because of an article on fuel consumption. My partner was reading a piece comparing modern cars, and trucks, claimed mileage per gallon versus the actual miles per gallon.
As was her wont, she then thought about my truck, and went off and found figures for it.
Would it surprise you to know that my 1984 Chevrolet Blazer with a 6.2 litre V8 diesel has a better mileage than a smaller modern Land Rover. Also, officially my truck produces 160hp, at the wheels where it counts, and though the official figures are 19 mpg, probably because I'm an old biddy who potters around town, I record 22 mpg.
Who would have thought that a 32-year-old classic car would be greener than a new car with all the whizzy toys?
Also, it's worth remembering that if one is going to go on about being green, then one has to factor in the carbon cost of making the car. A first order approximation being that the resources used to make the vehicle are equivalent to the amount of fuel the car will consume in 100,000 miles.
Ironically, cars that are more economical will need to go further than this. I mention this because my truck is now standing at 99,902 miles on the clock, which also means the engine is probably just about run in.
So not only is it painted green, but it's pretty green to run, as time adds a certain quality when a vehicle is still soldiering on after 32 years, because the biggest cost is building it. Besides which it carries all our gear when we go off to do archery practice on Saturday.