May 18, 2006

Hummer H3 Has Cheaper Energy Life Cost Than Hybrids

by @ 12:17 am. Filed under Junk Science

H3 So everybody thinks that hybrid vehicles are better for the environment than an SUV. Research on the lifetime energy cost of vehicles is showing that thought is more myth than reality. What do you know, the environmentalist nuts fooled the world again!

Be sure to read all of this when you can.

Hybrids Consume More Energy in Lifetime Than Chevrolet’s Tahoe SUV

CNW Marketing Research Inc. spent two years collecting data on the energy necessary to plan, build, sell, drive and dispose of a vehicle from initial concept to scrappage.

To put the data into understandable terms for consumers, it was translated into a “dollars per lifetime mile” figure. That is, the Energy Cost per mile driven.

For example, the Honda Accord Hybrid has an Energy Cost per Mile of $3.29 while the conventional Honda Accord is $2.18. Put simply, over the “Dust to Dust” lifetime of the Accord Hybrid, it will require about 50 percent more energy than the non-hybrid version.

One of the reasons hybrids cost more than non-hybrids is the manufacture, replacement and disposal of such items as batteries, electric motors (in addition to the conventional engine), lighter weight materials and complexity of the power package.

For example, while the industry average of all vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2005 was $2.28 cents per mile, the Hummer H3 (among most SUVs) was only $1.949 cents per mile. That figure is also lower than all currently offered hybrids and Honda Civic at $2.42 per mile.

Get all the facts and figures from the study here. It includes details for many cars on the market. The Lincoln Navigator has a max energy cost per mile of $2.97, which is far less than any hybrid. The Ford Expidition has a max energy cost per mile of $3.41, also less than any hybrid. The GMC Yukon has a max energy cost per mile of 3.29. The Chevolet Astro van has a lean max energy cost per mile of $1.98.

Hat tip to blog The Bethie Bee and reader misaligned_user.

Couple this information with the fact that hybrids’ higher costs does not cover their fuel savings and you’ve got little incentive to buy one.

Be sure to read all of this when you can.

Pining for a Hybrid? Do the Math!

All this sudden fuel-saving fervor is admirable. But the question many consumers may not ask is whether hybrid cars and SUVs really will save them money. There’s no question they achieve superior gas mileage but they don’t cost less to operate, at least not yet.

ConsumerAffairs.Com compared three hybrid vehicles with three top-of-the-line vehicles in the same class by the same automaker. We calculated gasoline costs at $3 a gallon over 120,000 miles and 80,000 miles to arrive at the likely operating costs.

The results would seem to demonstrate that people are buying hybrids for reasons other than saving money.

What’s the Question?

If the question is, will you save money buying a hybrid, we’d have to say it’s not likely. On the other hand if the question is, will buying a hybrid make you feel good, we can’t answer that. It might, at least for a little while.

If the question is, will your hybrid help save the earth, we’d suggest the answer to that is, the earth will save itself. It was here long before we were and will be here long after we’re gone. (It’s the date and method of our departure that hangs in the balance).

Ah, but here’s another factor. In many major metro areas, hybrids are allowed in car-pool (or HOV) lanes. Thus, by buying a hybrid, you may be able to continue driving alone to work, squeezing into the already congested HOV lanes that were created to reduce congestion by reducing the number of cars on the road.

In that scenario, hybrids are a threat to the environment because they contribute to increased congestion. We know from reading our mail that this is not a popular thing to say but, as our editor constantly reminds us, we’re not running a popularity contest.

And do you think those fancy hybrid parts will be cheap to replace when they break?

But I’m sure we’ll continue to see members of the Liberal elite riding around in a Toyota Prius after they get off their private jet. Because somebody will continue to believe the lies!

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