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Old 07-08-2010, 09:42 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Mica Blue - '05 Scion xA RS 2.0
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90 day: 42.48 mpg (US)

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90 day: 156.46 mpg (US)

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How can the RAV4 EV that gets ~111MPGe have a larger carbon footprint than the 25MPG ICE RAV4? That is less than 25% of the energy consumed, and the carbon from that is no more than 1/3 as much as the gasoline alone; and does not count the embedded energy to produce the gasoline. The source-to-wheels of the EV is about 1/3 of the tank-to-wheels of the gasoline.

The Leaf battery pack will probably cost ~$9,000, and maybe less in 10-12 years when you replace it. The RAV4 EV battery packs have lasted more than 150K miles -- and they are NiMH.
Sincerely, Neil
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