Letter to the Editor: On hybrid cars and the environment

On hybrid cars and the environment

 

The auto industry is not what it used to be—the traditional “muscle” cars that dominated the industry for decades do not sell very well anymore.

Most car manufacturers offer traditional sedans in Hybrid or all-electric varieties. Many customers are drawn to these cars because they leave less of an environmental footprint—or so it seems.

However, Hybrid cars are not as environmentally friendly as people suppose. For example, assume that an all-electric vehicle requires the owner to charge it at home once a week (many Hybrid and all-electric cars can only drive around 200 miles on one charge). Also assume that the electricity is generated from coal. By charging the car that is supposedly good for the environment, a more substantial need for a dirty energy industry is promoted!

Most Hybrid vehicles are made with questionable materials—their batteries are nickel, which can be highly carcinogenic. Heavier metals are used to construct Hybrid vehicles, which must be mined in addition to materials for standard vehicles, creating further environmental strain. Plus, Hybrid cars only emit around 10% less pollution.

Thus, it must be understood that from a well-rounded and highly aware approach, buying a Hybrid vehicle might not be the best way to help the environment. Hybrid vehicles might seem appealing, but their environmental appeal does not withstand scrutiny.

— Brick Cullum, Conway

 

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