White Toyota Prius

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was formerly chairman of oil company Shell. I am not sure where he is working at now, or whether he is retired, but he has been getting press coverage lately because of a public call to ban cars that cannot do at least 35 mpg – which is about 12.4km per litre of petrol or 8.07 litres per 100km if we assume he means Imperial gallons, which is what UK uses.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders claims a ban is unnecessary because drivers of cars that do less than that mileage paid more road tax and petrol duty. But Moody-Stuart says that is not an excuse as it is not right for the law to let the wealthy avoid doing what is needed by society just by forking out more cash.

He gave an example: “When we eliminated coal fires in London, we didn’t say to people that you can pay a bit more and toast your crumpets in front of an open fire – we said nobody, but nobody, could have an open fire. When we introduced catalytic converters the car-makers said it would put the price of cars through the roof – but it didn’t. Now we all have to have catalytic converters – that’s only right.”

I digging around the net and found that he was driving a Toyota Prius (shown above) in 2003. Not sure if he has changed cars now. The hybrid Prius was tested by the US-EPA and was able to achieve 54 miles per Imperial gallons, or about 19km per litre.