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Old 10-12-2012, 10:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
Cripple Rooster: that last point isn't accurate. The largest component of a vehicle's environmental "footprint" is the amount of fuel it burns over its lifetime, which dwarfs the manufacturing process.
Not attempting to hypermile, a Prius is expected to have a 4L/100KM under European standards, while an Opel Astra 1.3CDTi delivers the same fuel-efficiency without that heavy expensive battery pack. Then, the battery and all its manufacturing (including mineral extractions involved), recycling and all the logistics (fuel expenses, etc.) from the mining site to the recycling station are still considerable.
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