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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

“Green” Cars That Aren't Green

When I heard about a Honda Accord hybrid that was faster than the gasoline-powered Accord, I was intrigued. However, the Honda Accord hybrid achieves the same fuel economy as the nonhybrid four-cylinder Accord, and uses only about two miles per gallon less than the V-6 nonhybrid Accord, according to a Sunday, July 17 New York Times article. Other hybrids that do not save on gas include the Toyota Highlander and the Lexus RX400h.

The hybrid technology is being used to make the cars faster, not more environmentally friendly. The great thing is, the hybrid cars still qualify for a tax credit under a “clean fuels” program, which does not take fuel savings into account! Despite the lack of increased efficiency in hybrid vehicles, in a June 15 speech at an energy forum, President Bush proposed a tax credit of up to $4,000 to “encourage people to make right choices in the marketplace that will make us less dependent on foreign sources of oil and to help improve our environment.” Yeah, then we could pull out of Iraq, because we would no longer need oil from the Middle East. Dumb Americans and their demand for powerful cars.

3 Comments:

  • so, what about the toyota prius?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:04 PM, July 22, 2005  

  • I understand that the Toyota Prius was built for reduced fuel consumption. If and when I am in the market for a new car (like, if and when I have money) I intend to consider the Toyota Prius.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 7:37 PM, July 23, 2005  

  • I'm designing a car that burns those yellow wristbands for fuel. I don't think there's any concern that we'll run out of those anytime soon. There seems to be an abundance of Lance Armstrong fans as well so maybe the performance model of my car can run on them.

    Anyone want to get on the waiting list now?

    By Anonymous hal, at 1:23 PM, July 25, 2005  

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