Ain't I Told You This Like A Million Years Ago?

"...hybrids like the Toyota Prius get great gas mileage but it takes 113 million BTUs of energy to make one. Since there are about 113,000 BTUs of energy in a gallon of gasoline, the Prius has consumed the equivalent of 1,000 gallons of gasoline before it reaches the showroom. Think of it as a carbon debt - one you won't pay off until the Prius has turned over 46,000 miles or so.

The Toyota Echo delivers 30 mpg or better, as does the Honda Civic."

Wired [clicky]

"Manufacturing the electric components, aluminum parts, and the NiMH battery pack requires a significant amount of energy; more energy is required to manufacture a Prius than that of a similar gasoline powered vehicle. There is some real debate as to whether the energy savings during its operational life pays back its initial energy overhead. Ain’t that a bitch? In equal units the fucking smug, slow, ugly, poor handling piece of shit may use more energy than it saves. Ha!

A real hippie environmentalist without a car would choose a used Honda Civic over a new Prius 100% of the time."

Me 10.28.06 [clicky]

Yawn. Old news. Next?