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Now even hybrids are possibly under threat

Discussion in 'General Off Topic Chat' started by theoldboy, May 4, 2018.

  1. theoldboy

    theoldboy Modified is best

    Dec 24, 2015
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    BBC Link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44008098

    Car industry on alert over reports some hybrids face a ban

    The UK's car industry has hit out at the government over unconfirmed reports ministers will target hybrid vehicles as part of a new emissions crackdown.

    New cars unable to do at least 50 miles on electric power may be banned by 2040, a ruling that would hit the UK's best-selling hybrid, Toyota's Prius.

    The SMMT car trade body said "misleading" government messages were damaging the industry and hitting jobs.
  2. Husbandofstinky

    Husbandofstinky Out from the Wilderness

    Nov 8, 2007
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    Personally I am not a fan of hybrids

    At first glance they appear to be the silver 'green' bullet for our addiction to fossil fuels. However, the carbon footprint in order to generate the battery pack is unreal. The amount of heavy metals required and intensive mining in third world countries etc. is immense.

    I did read somewhere (whether it is true or not) that the carbon footprint required to generate the battery pack alone on a Prius equated to a fully produced Hummer plus the running of it on average US mileage for four years.

    From memory, I think that only 25% of batteries are recycled from Hybrid/EV's. Not good enough imo.
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