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Drivers go for diesel not hybrid cars

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15-04-2010 08:20 AM

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ABC Canberra 666

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ABC Canberra 666

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15-04-2010 08:20 AM

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15-04-2010 09:00 AM

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2010-04-15 08:20:06

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EASTLEY, Tony

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CLARKE, Sarah

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Drivers go for diesel not hybrid cars -

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Almost 10 years since its development, sales of the hybrid car in Australia have been less than
startling. In the meantime Australians are embracing diesel like never before. According to experts
diesel is 30 per cent more efficient than petrol and because of its uptake there has been a
substantial reduction in Australia's car based CO2 emissions.

TONY EASTLEY: The hybrid car was launched on the market as a smart, environmentally friendly
solution to the world's pollution problems, but almost 10 years down the track, sales of the hybrid
in Australia have been less than startling.

In the meantime Australians are embracing diesel, like never before. According to experts diesel is
30 per cent more efficient than petrol and because of its uptake there has been a substantial
reduction in Australia's car based CO2 emissions.

Here's environment reporter Sarah Clarke.

(Sound of engine car starting)

SARAH CLARKE: The Toyota Prius was the first mass produced hybrid on the market but now every
carmaker has or is developing its own.

While the United States and Europe have embraced the half electric and half fuel powered car. In
Australia, it's filled just 1 per cent of the new vehicle market.

David Lamb is the low emissions transport leader from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation).

DAVID LAMB: Yes, our comparison with the rest of the world has been slow. Probably mostly because
of lack of incentives and also because our cars generally are bigger and our fuel prices have been
lower than most places in the world and so their uptake has been faster than ours.

SARAH CLARKE: Instead consumers are turning to another fuel efficient alternative and a vehicle
that can often produce less carbon than the hybrid, and it's diesel.

(Sound of engine car starting)

The uptake of diesel run cars has more than doubled over the last five years. Volvo is the latest
to deliver its eco-alternative. It's called the C30 and it's challenging the hybrid in its carbon
footprint.

Alan Desselss is the managing director of Volvo Australia.

ALAN DESSELSS: It's amongst the best in the world. It is under 100 grams of CO2 emission, in fact
99 grams of CO2 emission per kilometre travelled and then in terms of petrol usage or diesel usage,
3.8 litres per 100 kilometres travelled, which is phenomenal. It's a great achievement.

SARAH CLARKE: And the consumer trend is paying off. Emissions produced by cars in Australia are at
their lowest on record.

Andrew McKellar is from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

ANDREW MCKELLAR: Over the last five years or so we've seen an improvement of the order of around 13
per cent in a reduction in average CO2 emissions. So I think the industry and consumers have
certainly achieved a significant reduction in average CO2 emissions and an improvement in fuel
economy over that period of time.

SARAH CLARKE: As for the cleanest option - the electric car run on renewable energy - that could
still be years down the track.

David Lamb is the low emission transport leader at CSIRO.

DAVID LAMB: We're many, many decades away from seeing a totally sustainable zero emission fleet in
Australia.

(Sound of car driving off)

TONY EASTLEY: David Lamb from the CSIRO ending that report from Sarah Clarke.