Evert Niewenhuis likes his 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D. It's built to last, stylishly understated and drives like a dream, but high fuel consumption and harmful emissions make it a dinosaur in environmental terms.
Scrapping wasn't an option for Evert - that would just create a need for another new car. Dumping this 1,400kg beast when it had plenty of kilometers left on the clock he reasoned, was surely worse for the planet than getting more mileage out of it.
So he decided to eco-pimp his ride with a series of small measures designed to cut power and fuel consumption: gauges on the tyres, LED lights and a "twister" to provide increased air intake to the Merc's engine have saved him 10 to 15 percent in fuel consumption. Evert took Earth Beat's Marijke Peters for a spin and explained all.
This story was taken from the latest edition of Earth Beat - Waste not, want not.
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