Another reason for me to be pleased I drive a Yaris
Recently my email has been filling with notifications from facebook that people are commenting there and not here. Sometimes this gets a bit confusing. For example, Bernadette Keenan was asking about what sort of car I drive (a Toyota Yaris 4 door sedan) but at the same time telling me her daughter’s view of that Hummer anti-ad I posted.
As my daughter would say “Gas guzzling freak”
Now at first I thought she might have been talking about my car and not my blog post. Wrong. But now I can defend my choice of a conventional car over a hybrid thanks to the New Scientist (hat tip to Gudrun Langolf)
What’s worse, the CO2 put out by a gas-fuelled car or the environmental effects of hybrid-car batteries?
According to the UK-based Environmental Transport Association (ETA), the most efficient conventionally powered cars are slightly less detrimental to the environment than hybrid models. However, it points out that the current crop of hybrids won’t evolve without customers willing to invest in what is still frontier technology.
So a Yaris – which was the most efficient conventionally powered subcompact car available in Canada when I bought it – is better for the environment than a Prius. The reason I did not buy a Prius was simply the price tag. At that time it was roughly twice the price of a Yaris and at gas prices ruling at that time would not have paid for itself in gas savings. I did not even consider the need to recycle the battery – or even how often I might need to replace it. People who home convert cars and trucks to all electric, using lead acid batteries, save no money since the batteries have to be replaced very two to three years. But they do save a lot of CO2 emissions. And lead acid batteries are easier to recycle than some of the newer types. (By the way I have a small collection of dead rechargable batteries: does anyone know where I can take them to get recycled?)