Worst idea ever. You guys with your plug-in hybrid stickers, proudly bragging about your shit-pile? Douche-bag commercials from organizations like pluginamerica.org? Considering converting your Prius, or buying a Chevy Volt? This is for you!
Problems with plug-in hybrids:
1) Charging the batteries WASTES electricity! You didn’t think all the energy used really went in to the battery and was then used to move your car, did you? Suckers. It actually consumes more electricity to charge your batteries than you will ever be able to get out of them. “Since no chemical or physical process can ever be 100% efficient, more energy is always used to charge the battery than can be recovered from it.” -http://evbatterymonitoring.com/WebHelp/Section_3.htm
2) The majority of the self-proclaimed “environmentally-conscious” who make it a point to purchase plug-in hybrids effectively oppose the generation of electricity. Against nuclear power? Against coal power? Good luck, that’s where over 65% of electricity in the united states comes from. Of course a lot of people also oppose dams because they harm fish, and wind farms because they harm birds. There goes 7% and 3% respectively. Also, I’m sure you wouldn’t be jumping to buy a car that ran on natural gas, but that is where 23% of US electricity comes from. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_generationThe numbers I used are from 2009, but they are the most accurate I could find. Don’t worry, not much has changed. Current numbers peg renewable energy of all types at about 14.3%. So, good job guys, maybe next you can waste less electricity on charging, produce fewer hazardous pollutant-filled batteries, and just make a car with it’s own nuclear reactor, or maybe a steam-engine powered by a coal-fire.
3) The batteries. Full of hazardous chemicals, unless they explode or set the car on fire in a traffic accident, that tends to get the chemicals out of them. Better hope those all get recycled properly!
4) Horrible fuel efficiency when running on gasoline, compared to economy cars. That is because true economy cars aren’t dragging around a huge battery and a giant electric motor.
But no, really, good job you guys, keep patting yourselves on the back and waving your plug-in hybrids around like a badge of honor. If I owned a plug-in hybrid, I’d peel all the stickers off and not tell anyone, just so as few people as possible knew how hard I was working to pollute the planet.