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Alesia 1 Jacob Alesia Prof.

Halliday English 106 Nov 13, 2013 Cover Memo I do enjoy automobiles and I am considering automotive engineering, so I found this article extremely interesting. The only problem was I fixated on this specific study. It was extremely long, ninety three pages to be exact. It made reading and processing most of the article difficult and time consuming. By the time I had stepped back and questioned if it was all worth it, it was too late to change. Well, you know what they say; nothing worth doing is easy. I am pretty happy with the way the paper turned out, despite there being no outside references in the paper.

Alesia 2 Jacob Alesia Prof. Halliday English 106 Nov 13, 2013 Green Car Analysis

Citation and Summary "News." LowCVP News RSS. Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, 6 Sept. 2011. Web. 08 Nov. 2013. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) conducted a study in 2011 to see the size of the carbon footprint left by cars when the CO2 produced through the production of the car was added along with the CO2 production after the car was purchased by the consumer. The study found that the battery powered cars were no greener than gasoline powered vehicles. Natural gas powered cars are truly a green car, proving to have a smaller carbon footprint. As a future automotive engineer, and having experience with a family owned battery-hybrid car, this study peaked my interests straight away.

Analysis of Introduction and Research Methods

Right away, the research study does establishes what is being researched, how it is being researched, and why it is being researched; this is an important step according

Alesia 3 the Swales CARS model. The topic of the paper unknowingly emphasizes the second step of move one of the CARS. The study is about bringing previously separated information about CO2 emissions of vehicles and combining it with existing information to producing a bigger picture of green cars. The EU has applied new CO2 regulations that require new, greener cars to be created and put on the roads in the near future. The LowCVP is one of the leading research teams in CO2 emissions, and the study was partially funded by the British government. The second section is over their research methodology. There are over two detailed pages explaining their research processes, which ranged from cost of ownership to CO2 output to estimations to batter replacement effects. It also explained that most research had been done only measuring CO2 emissions from cars once they had been purchased, not during their production cycle, and estimations for the cars twenty years in the future.

Move two of the CARS model is emphasized by the fact that if a car is truly green, it would produce less CO2 in production, during use, and after it has passed its useful period. This paper goes into great detail over this fact. A niche is established here because no other papers have attempted to bring the production cycle and post-consumer recycling into consideration when finding the CO2 footprint of a vehicle. This niche is not only well established, but very well researched.

Since all research and estimations were conducted by the LowCVP, no citations were made. Although adding citations to a paper increases its validity and establishes authority, the fact that the Partnership could conduct its own studies, could be a double edged sword. The Partnership is a very respected and renowned leader in CO2 emissions,

Alesia 4 so they would be the optimum group to perform the experiments and tests. However, with no outside sources, the validity of the facts discovered by these studies and experiment could be brought into question. With no outside researchers or research groups, there is nothing keeping others from claiming the data to be skewed, or inaccurate.

Style and Format

The tone and style of this report is very inviting to the reader. There is very little jargon; however, there are many abbreviations. One of the earlier pages in the report is a list of abbreviated terms for reference if the reader stumbles upon one they are unfamiliar with. This list takes up an entire page, and is simply a bulleted list of abbreviations and hat they stand for. The abbreviations reference page shows that the audience this report is intended from is not just automobile producers, who are most likely fluent in these abbreviations, but to the consumers as well. The many abbreviations and simpler diction may also be for assisting the reader through the long read, as this report nearly reaches one hundred pages. There are even specialized, bold printed paragraphs explaining in detail what a term means. The author has really taken consideration of their audience, showing that the authors really want their paper to be read and understood by the masses. There are many graphs, illustrations, and charts to help the reader synthesize what they are reading, and emphasize the differences in some of the statistics they have produced through their tests.