Being environmentally friendly
It wasn’t that long ago that very few of people (us included) were really thinking about the environment when they drove a car or disposed of rubbish. But the approach has changed radically in the past few years: whether or not we are convinced that global warming exists or is man made, or aware plastic in the sea is killing the animals in it, or view chemicals seeping into land or deforestation as major problems, West Africa 4x4 take the approach that we should do as little damage as we possibly can and we want to help others do the same.
We see development as a good and a fair thing — and we know that nobody really wants to harm the environment. Everyone should be able to develop their own country and enhance their own life no matter where they live. But there are environmental issues with development and one of them is a growing number of vehicles, which is a concern.
Then the quality of vehicles going to Africa is another. Europe has strict rules about pollution from cars that do not appear to apply to the export trade. Anyone visiting a port and watching cars heading for Africa would see lines of highly polluting, un-roadworthy cars loading onto ships every day and environmentally that doesn’t make sense.
To help make it easier for those that hold similar views, West Africa 4x4 are committed to making available the cleanest vehicles we possibly can while the scientists are working on the real solution.
We encourage everyone to drive in an environmentally friendly way. Not only does this reduce emissions, but it also saves money. The AA has published a great page of tips for eco-friendly ‘smart driving’ here: www.theaa.com/driving-advice/fuels-environment/drive-smart. Take a look!
Toyota hybrid cars
We have looked at putting Hybrid vehicles into Africa. Electric vehicles have limited appeal but Toyota have some hybrids that may work and could possibly handle African conditions. At the moment there are not the technicians or assets to maintain them so it is not possible.
West Africa 4x4 intends to test run these two models in Africa starting in 2018 and will publish the results.
- Engine: 1.8 litre Petrol Hybrid Automatic 2WD
- Fuel consumption combined: Up to 73 mpg (31 km/ltr)
- CO2 emissions combined: From 86 g/km
- Price Guide: $30,000+
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
- Engine: 2.5 litre Petrol Hybrid Automatic 4WD
- Fuel consumption combined: up to 58.6 mpg (25 km/ltr)
- CO2 emissions combined: From 115 g/km
- Price Guide: $40,000