Alternatives at London Motor Show

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4-7 May 2017 Several of us went along to the London Motor Show in Battersea Park to check out the alternatives to diesel and petrol vehicles. Many thanks to Neal Romanek for putting together this article about the event with reviews of the BMW 3i, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ionic and Tesla’s Model X:

The London Car Show boasted over 150 cars on display, from a classic 1930’s Napier-Railton racing car to the London debut of the McLaren 650S supercar. There were talks, Q&A’s and book signings with guests like Hollywood stunt driver and former Top Gear “Stig”, Ben Collins, and racing driver, TV personality and fashion model Jodie Kidd. Glamour is essential in selling us things that are bad for us and car advertising is no different. It’s been said that the automobile really only exists as a way to sell petrol. That all the stuff we love our cars for is secondary to its purpose as a device for consuming fossil fuels. But amid the selfie’s taken alongside the petrol powered muscle cars, low-emission and electric vehicles had surprisingly high visibility. Continue reading

Tesla and Nissan at Brentford Market

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Sunday 23 April 2017 We invited Tesla and Nissan to showcase their fully electric vehicles at Brentford Market for World Earth Day to help promote alternatives to diesel and petrol vehicles. Tesla brought along their Model X sport utility vehicle with vertically opening rear doors, and the ability to seat 7 passengers comfortably. This car can do zero to 60mph in as quick as 2.9 seconds, has all wheel drive and a 100kWh battery providing 351 miles of range. It takes just one hour to fully load the battery with one of Tesla’s own super-chargers, available at various service stations and Westfield and Heathrow. This particular model starts at around $68,000. They also have a Model S saloon and the Model 3 available next year will be their most affordable car coming in at around $38,000. Nissan brought along their LEAF hatchback, starting at a more modest £26,000 which fully charged can do a range of 155 miles. It has no internal-combustion engine or a traditional gearbox, so it has far fewer moving parts to maintain. The cost of electricity is far lower than that of petrol or diesel. This car will fully charge for 8 hours over night from a station at your home and be ready to drive the next morning. Both cars drew a lot of attention in different ways, they complemented each other perfectly and gave us a snapshot of the range of possibilities out there for cleaner vehicles and the differences in affordability. Continue reading

A closer look at Brentford’s air pollution

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Air Quality Brentford are taking a closer look at the results from the air quality recorded at the A4/Glenhurst Road monitor. The results are available for all to see at http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk, select LB Hounslow and create graph. We think it’s important for more local residents to be aware of the high peaks in NO2 and PM10 emitted by diesel vehicles throughout the day. To help raise awareness we are making our own screengrabs of the results and publishing these on twitter every day @agreenerlondon

Air quality is measured as an annual average and the legal annual average for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is 40 ugm and hourly there should be no more than 18 exceedances of 200 ugm per year. The legal annual average for Particulate Matter (PM10) is 40 ugm-3 and over a 24 hour period no more than 35 exceedances in a year over 50 µg m-3.

The example above shows the results for 9 March, a beautifully sunny day but the levels of NO2 only dipped below 40ugm at 4am and midnight – this is however still legal as the limit hasn’t gone over 200ugm. This toxic gas is invisible but you can probably smell or taste it in the air. Both Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter are harmful to humans, these very small particles are breathed in to the lungs and even enter the bloodstream affecting our immune system, and we need to start taking a little more notice of these very high levels of pollution. The levels of Particulate Matter on this day were illegal as they were over 50ugm.

Would you like secure cycle parking on your street?

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Brentford has had its first cycle hoop installed and has proved to be a popular way to store cycles in a secure location outside of the home. Many residents might be reluctant to use peddle power if it means carrying a bike from the garden through the house and back again.

Residents’ group Air Quality Brentford are looking at positive ways to make a difference to our air quality. In an effort to get people thinking about cycling more they are asking for people in Brentford to express their initial interest in having a secure cycle hoop on their street. Continue reading

Concerned Residents Pack Out Meeting

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19 January 2017: Discussion on air pollution, traffic and health (TW8 article)

More than 150 members of the local community braved the cold weather on Tuesday evening to hear Professor Frank KellyCaroline Russell AM and Ruth Cadbury MP describe the serious impact traffic has on air quality and health.  Professor Kelly, a leading environmental health academic, was unequivocal about the relationship between diesel emissions, poor health and premature deaths, stating that ill health from air pollution is the second most common cause of early death after smoking. Continue reading

Air Quality Brentford public meeting

17 January 2017: Our public meeting at Brentford Free Church was very well attended, thank you to everyone who came along and participated in the event. If you’d like to help us make a difference please send us an email at airqualitybrentford@hotmail.com

For those that missed the meeting or anyone who would like to look at this again, here is a PDF of the introduction: 01-public-meeting_nicola-intro

This is the link to John Dale’s film about living on Adelaide Terrace on the A4: Continue reading