Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lifetime Energy Cost Per Mile: Prius v. Hummer H3

Average, all 2005 vehicles sold in the U.S.: $2.28 per mile

Top 5 most energy efficient 2005 vehicles, over their lifetimes:
1. Scion xB: $0.48 per mile
2. Ford Escort: $0.57 per mile
3. Jeep Wrangler: $0.60 per mile
4. Chevrolet Tracker: $0.69 per mile
5. Toyota Echo: $0.70 per mile


Top 5 least energy efficient 2005 vehicles, over their lifetimes:
1. Mercedes Benz produced Maybach: $11.58 per mile
2. Volkswagen Phaeton: $11.21 per mile
3. Rolls-Royce: $10.66 per mile
4. Bentley: $10.56 per mile
5. Audi Allroad Quattro: $5.59 per mile


2005 Hybrid Vehicle energy efficiency over their lifetimes:
1. Honda Insight: $2.94 per mile
2. Ford Escape Hybrid: $3.18 per mile
3. Honda Civic Hybrid: $3.24 per mile
4. Toyota Prius: $3.25 per mile
5. Honda Accord Hybrid: $3.30 per mile


2005 Hummer H3: $1.949 per mile

From the study "Dust to Dust: The Energy Cost of New Vehicles From Concept to Disposal" by CNW Research. Full database of vehicles here.

6 Comments:

At 3/20/2008 4:21 PM, Anonymous Joe Progressive said...

I like the word "hybrid" and what a car like that stands for. It says a lot about me.

It doesn't matter what it costs or does/doesn't do for the environment. It makes me feel better about myself. I care.

 
At 3/20/2008 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. has entered "recession of choice," ECRI says


The United States has entered a recession that could have been avoided had policy-makers been more willing to heed warning signs and take preemptive action.

http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN2022052120080320

Duh!

 
At 3/20/2008 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

207,000 miles on the H3 vs 109,000 on the Prius.

The authors reasoning is understandable but they aren't comparing vehicles in similar operating conditions, etc.

A broader study (more work for the authors) comparing costs in 10,000 mile increments and excluding discretionary maintenance expenses and might prove to be more insightful.

 
At 3/21/2008 9:00 AM, Anonymous Nate said...

http://www.slate.com/id/2186786/

 
At 8/05/2009 12:51 PM, Blogger Nick K said...

Strapping the prius "cost per mile" with all of the hybrid technology development cost? Looks like someone has an agenda...

 
At 9/29/2011 1:36 AM, Blogger Anonymous said...

I own a Toyota Prius, and according to the figures here, I spend about 68k a year on my car. I make less then 25k a year, and that includes financial aid for school.

I think this may be slightly biased. Granted, as a Prius owner, I am too, but Wells Fargo is not. According to my spending report, I spend 4.7k a year on my car, including the cost of the vehicle spread over the years I've owned it. This includes when my transmission axle broke and cost 2.5k to fix, as well as all other repairs and maintenance costs, gasoline, etc. Even if you say that Wells Fargo is off by 10k a year, there is no way I'm paying that much per mile.

 

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