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.