Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage

Chris Demorro

The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate ”˜green car’ is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer.

When you pool together all the combined energy it takes to drive and build a Toyota Prius, the flagship car of energy fanatics, it takes almost 50 percent more energy than a Hummer – the Prius’s arch nemesis.

Through a study by CNW Marketing called ”œDust to Dust,” the total combined energy is taken from all the electrical, fuel, transportation, materials (metal, plastic, etc) and hundreds of other factors over the expected lifetime of a vehicle. The Prius costs an average of $3.25 per mile driven over a lifetime of 100,000 miles – the expected lifespan of the Hybrid.

The Hummer, on the other hand, costs a more fiscal $1.95 per mile to put on the road over an expected lifetime of 300,000 miles. That means the Hummer will last three times longer than a Prius and use less combined energy doing it.

So, if you are really an environmentalist – ditch the Prius. Instead, buy one of the most economical cars available – a Toyota Scion xB. The Scion only costs a paltry $0.48 per mile to put on the road. If you are still obsessed over gas mileage – buy a Chevy Aveo and fix that lead foot.

One last fun fact for you: it takes five years to offset the premium price of a Prius. Meaning, you have to wait 60 months to save any money over a non-hybrid car because of lower gas expenses.

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  • Burns any fuel and has a lifetime of 1 million miles giving it a overall cost per mile $2,500,000/1,000,000 = $2.50. So if we all drove a tank the world would be a better place than if everyone drove a Prius. Wait, my atomic powered submarine will last for …

  • and haven’t a clue about the accuracy.

    The Hummer/Prius comparison is likely flawed. But it appears that a high-milage gas only vehicle fares well against the Prius when all things are considered.

    I did inhale.

  • Is that the articles says a Hummer lasts 300K while a Prius last only a 100K so the cost is distributed across 3 times the mileage to get the cost per mile low for the Hummer whence my joke. The truth is more likely that the Hummer H2 falls apart after 70K and the Prius lasts 250k; i.e., GM vs Toyota and my neighbors limited sample and using GM trucks a baseline. In which case the Prius stomps the Hummer.

  • on its pickups, at least from my personal experience. My ’92 one-ton Chevy lasted 400,000 miles with the original engine, the same engine that’s in a full sized Hummer but with a turbocharger.

    My wife’s ’97 Chevy pickup has over 300,000 miles on it right now, once again with the original engine sans overhaul.

    I know it’s not vogue to drive Chevy’s but I’ve had good luck with their pickups. My one-ton pickup got 25 miles to the gallon, my wife’s, also a full size half ton truck, gets twenty mpg. I wouldn’t know about their cars.

    I did inhale.

  • The assumption made by the article is that a a certain GM product will last three times as the expected lifetime of a hybrid. The reality of their assumption is that the GM product will last three times as long as a Toyota hybrid product. That right there should give one pause. Marketing people are paid to make those kinds of assumptions and hide them. The Prius’s do not seem to wear out at 100K miles. I don’t know how long an H2 lasts but my experience with GM products, a dozen or so rentals, is that fall apart within a few months. Regardless, this article is absurd.

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