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Is a Hummer cleaner than a Prius?
Galway First ^ | Monday, 30 April 2007 | JOE TONER

Posted on 05/04/2007 9:37:45 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Is a Hummer cleaner than a Prius?

Monday, 30 April 2007

BY JOE TONER

You’ve often heard it, be you an ordinary “joe-soap” king, queen or pope; we are all only dust and it’s to dust we’ll go. A recent report, in the USA, came up with a hypothesis on the great hybrid versus petrol car debate on a dust to dust premise. Before you go any further I must remind you of how great they are at producing report after report. I sometimes wonder if anyone, least of all themselves, listens. Sure, aren’t they great ones for rubbishing what they don’t agree with and promoting what they support on the sometimes flimsiest of evidence. Anyway, I digress.

A report produced by CNW Marketing Research in Bandon, Oregon looked at the dust to dust costs between the favoured Hollywood transport, the Toyota Prius and the vehicle of choice by the Terminator, aka Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hummer Jeep – very familiar to military enthusiasts and fans of CSI Miami.

Much of the current debate centres on the fuel efficiency of the hybrid against the more mainstream petrol or diesel equivalents. The CNW report looks at the total costs from creation to destruction of a number of vehicles and proposes that the Hummer (H3) is cheaper, costing USD$1.31 cents per mile less to run than the Toyota Prius. While it is a headliner grabber it doesn’t tell the full story. For instance, the costs are based on the H3 having a service life of over 200,000 miles and the Prius only 100,000 miles – hardly a fair comparison.

While, as in any report, we can always find reason to reject its findings it does open up discussion on the whole total cost of the products we buy. We tend to focus on the energy implications of the product whilst in our tenure, mainly the fuel costs but also the service and maintenance expense.

When rating the energy consumption of an individual, group, community, or country, scientists talk about a “carbon footprint”. That is how much carbon will be emitted into the atmosphere, directly or indirectly, through the usage of products and services. How big is your footprint?

Do we give enough thought to the energy consumed in the production and transportation of our finished goods? How “Green” is the organic lettuce in your local shop? It may have been grown on the Continent and being flown/driven to the shop. Compare the energy usage to do that compared to the product grown locally, even if an amount of energy was used to heat the glasshouse.

I’m not about to start on a crusade promoting hybrid vs petrol vs hydrogen vs electric cars as they all have their merits and this is certainly no ad for the Green party. We must, though, challenge manufacturers to produce products that we can continue to enjoy and yet minimise the environmental impact. None of us will easily surrender the freedom, independence, convenience, and the satisfied smile that the car brings.


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To: HEY4QDEMS

Does this mean that these environmentalist hippie males are just hoping for a hummer on their prius? ;-P


51 posted on 05/04/2007 11:38:17 AM PDT by MortMan (Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.)
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To: Badeye

Of course I have never owned one - that is why I asked.

The military version might be usefull - the civilian version looks like a wannabe piece of crud, without the toughness of the real thing.

I bet you put a snow blade on it, use it for two years, and the front end turns into trash.

BTW, the Jeep has a lot of usefull applications - like pulling stuck Hummers out of the mud.


52 posted on 05/04/2007 11:41:56 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Apple Blossom

ping


53 posted on 05/04/2007 11:43:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Pelosi - C an't U nderstand N ormal T hinking)
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To: patton

“The military version might be usefull - the civilian version looks like a wannabe piece of crud, without the toughness of the real thing.

I bet you put a snow blade on it, use it for two years, and the front end turns into trash.

BTW, the Jeep has a lot of usefull applications - like pulling stuck Hummers out of the mud.

Since you already admitted you never owned one, there was no reason to display any further ignorance on the topic as you did in the remainder of your post.

I don’t understand why you felt the need to do this, primarily because as a H2 owner, I know its laughable nonsense.


54 posted on 05/04/2007 11:51:52 AM PDT by Badeye (Hiding the kooks in the biker bar won't help, Sally)
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To: Badeye

Tell me why it is nonsense - I want to learn.


55 posted on 05/04/2007 12:05:09 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Badeye

“When the military asks for something on the other hand, things get done. That is why Arrowhead Engineering, Inc. makes a push-plate for the HMMWV that allows a full sized Fisher plow to be installed. A call into them revealed that for a civilian Hummer H1, one can expect an installation cost of in excess of $5,000.00 for one of these setups. Expect to lose quite a lot of approach angle when that plow frame is installed, too, which can be a real bummer if there are any wheeling plans in that trucks future. Meyer makes a snowplow kit that will work on Hummer/HMMWV vehicles as well. Each of the aforementioned plow setups are the real deal designed for commercial plowing applications. Those responsible for clearing private roads, multiple rental properties or parking lots may want to look into one of these heavier duty options; but for those of us planning to clear a long driveway or two, these might be overkill. And how about all those H3’s out there? Nobody wants to hang 800+ lbs of steel off the front end of one of those.”


56 posted on 05/04/2007 12:12:16 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: patton

“And how about all those H3’s out there?”

I called Hummer. I asked them “when are you going to offer a real motor in the H3?” - they told me “probably, never”.

I like the size and shape of the H3, but it needs a better motor. I’m thinking 3.0 V6 turbo diesel, and they wouldn’t be able to keep them in stock. Oh, and a manual tranny. yeah, thats the ticket !


57 posted on 05/04/2007 12:48:16 PM PDT by stompk
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To: NCLaw441

‘Tis true what you say, “to each his own”, I’ll buy that. The other side of that is for the kooks to shut their mouths over what I prefer to buy, drive and use, my money, my business. We usually put from 150,000 to 180,000 on our American (I guess I must qualify that and say MOSTLY American made given the internationally made parts in them) cars/trucks/SUVs, in our 60s we’ve bought quite a few. 85,000 is nothing in our books, you ain’t started yet...


58 posted on 05/04/2007 7:14:54 PM PDT by brushcop (Men of B-Co 2/69 3ID Outpost Bataan/Iraq: Doing what 95% of the country will not do.)
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To: NonValueAdded

“For instance, the costs are based on the H3 having a service life of over 200,000 miles and the Prius only 100,000 miles – hardly a fair comparison.”

“Why is that “unfair?” You’d need two Prii (?) to travel the same total distance. It is too fair.”

Because Prii, or whatever the blank they are, don’t die in 100,000 miles. The basic assumption is wrong.

The dumb ‘scientist’ who made up the first report looked at the warranty on the Prius’ battery (100k miles) and decided that voila, the Prius lasts 100k miles and no more. However, he decided not to apply the same logic to the Hummer (100k drivetrain warranty) but rather decided that Hummers last 250k miles. Where did he get 250k? From the same place he got 100k miles for a Prius, namely his posterior.

Apart from that, it’s difficult to assess how often a Prius’ battery fails, because not enough of them *have* failed to provide any sort of accurate guess, much less a firm figure.

When doing cost analyses, it’s important that the lifespan of the vehicle not be determined by the whim of the analyst :)

Anyway like I said above, there are plenty of sound reasons to criticize a Prius, but this article, and the article underlying it, aren’t them.


59 posted on 05/04/2007 8:40:01 PM PDT by No.6 (www.fourthfightergroup.com)
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To: brushcop

150K miles is pretty stout, and I do only have 85K miles so far, but it has been only 2 1/2 years since I got the car new. The car shows no sign of slowing down.


60 posted on 05/05/2007 3:10:00 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: NCLaw441

Whoa! You’re driving like we do—more, matter of fact, some pretty heavy mileage there.

We would put the mileage like I told you and then I would sell the vehicle locally, clean them up nice, have them serviced one more time and then darn if we wouldn’t see them for several years afterwards, no telling how many miles those cars stacked up. They were usually poor folks looking for something they could afford that had been treated right, regardless of miles.

All we do is make sure oil is changed regularly and small things taken care of before they develop into big problems.

About a year ago or so, Popular Mechanics had interesting articles on cars with 250,000+ miles without major repairs, shoulda saved it, very interesting...


61 posted on 05/05/2007 7:49:55 PM PDT by brushcop (Men of B-Co 2/69 3ID Outpost Bataan/Iraq: Doing what 95% of the country will not do.)
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To: TChris
Fair? What's unfair about it? Do you, dear author, claim that all vehicles have the same service life? The fact

Oops! You misspelled "fantasy."

that the Hummer will last twice as long, in miles, as the Prius is precisely the issue!

No, not all cars have the same service life. Toyotas last a lot longer than GMs.

100,000 miles is just the warranty for the Prius' batteries. Hummers have the same length powertrain warranty. Did you click your ruby slippers together and land in a world where Toyotas break right after the warranty expires, but GMs last two or three times as long?

This piece has been thoroughly discredited on this forum several times and keeps reappearing. I'm wondering if it was written by someone at DU to make conservatives look bad.

62 posted on 05/07/2007 12:01:16 PM PDT by oxlongm
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To: oxlongm

Just to clarify, I meant the original piece comparing the “real” cost of the Hummer and Prius keeps reappearing. Not this one, which is more intelligently written and only references the original one.


63 posted on 05/07/2007 12:03:14 PM PDT by oxlongm
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To: oxlongm
Toyotas last a lot longer than GMs.

Irrelevant.

Does the Toyota Prius last longer than the Hummer H2?

I don't think so.

64 posted on 05/07/2007 1:37:59 PM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: TChris
Best of both worlds...

I bought a Toyota Baby Hummer, aka FJ Cruiser.


65 posted on 05/07/2007 1:49:32 PM PDT by agent_delta
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To: TChris
Overall reliability of the make is an pretty good indicator of how long the car will last. Remember, the batteries aren't the entire car. If the article had demonstrated that hybrid batteries drop dead, beyond repair, the moment the warranty expires (which of course it didn't even attempt to do, since there are no data out there to contradict Toyota's expectation that it will last 15 years) it's a similar cost to replacing an engine. Not at all the same as scrapping the car completely.

Your question, however, really is irrelevant. The ridiculous original per-mile cost numbers aren't based on the Hummer simply lasting "longer than" the Prius; they're based on it lasting 3x as long. If the Hummer lasts twice as long -- a claim for which no one on earth has any precedent -- the numbers still wouldn't add up. Maybe the Hummer can gain some efficiency by carrying more people per mile. I sure don't see that actually happening on the roads.

Full disclosure: I've never been in a Prius or a Hummer. My guess is they're both overrated, but it's just a guess.

66 posted on 05/07/2007 2:44:04 PM PDT by oxlongm
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