CRUDE AWAKENINGS:15. Prius Power – Good or Bad?

Guest Blogger:  Sean Volbeda -Automotive Technician

Do you love your Prius or thinking about purchasing one?

Most people purchase a Prius because they feel that they’re helping the environment by eliminating pollution.  When in fact, the actual production of the vehicle produces more pollution than the average SUV. The reason for this is in the production of the lithium -ion batteries. The raw materials are mined in Canada then put on a big diesel guzzling freighter to China, then from China the raw material is refined and put back on the diesel guzzling freighter to Japan where the batteries are finalized.  Then back on the freighter to the US.  All of these steps require heavy equipment which have lax emission standards.

Now we have the lithium-ion battery which lasts the lifetime of the car (100,000 miles) and they are said not to be as toxic as the standard lead-acid battery.

However, there are 1.5 million hybrids on the road today and the numbers are growing. In the long-run hybrids may save emissions at the tail pipe, but in total produce as much pollution as a standard car over its lifetime.

In light of this information, purchasing a hybrid in the interest of saving the environment may not be what its cracked up to be.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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