How are the materials for the batteries mined? Where, is it all in one place or several places?
During manufacturing, where are these material transported and how many stops do they make until the final assembly?
What process do they go through during production, is it clean?
What happens to these betteries at the end of their usable life? And if theyre recycled, whats the environmentl cost of that?
And have studies ben done on C02 emmisions of these cars within a range or driving habit and other factors, like driving in LA vs Austin?
I did watch a test between a Prius and a new M3 (450Hp V8) and in a straight line at a steady speed teh M3 got more miles per gallon. Larger engine, more efficent. This was an extreme case but this and my questions above might show that theres a lot that needs to be answered and relly examined. Over the life of an average 4cyl or forced induction 4cyl gas motor, from prodution to disposal, how does it compare to a hybrid, from start to finish given equal driving behavior?
It seems the "going green" hybrid might be a type of clever plan (consumersism) to keep people spending money on the newest "Best" thing, and people ran out and bought them. Im still not sure. I know BMW's had a hydrogen powered car since the mid - late 90's and others are doing it as well. Not sure why its not viable yet. Eitehr its not stable, or there isnt enough money to be made. Either way, the shift away from gasoline will have to be gradual, even if the technology is here.