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Study Finds HEVs Consume More Energy Than Non-Hybrids.

Bandon, OR-based CNW Marketing Research, Inc. (CNWMR) recently announced that the findings of its "Dust to Dust" automotive energy study indicate that driving a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) costs more in terms of overall energy consumed than the operation of comparable non-hybrid vehicles.

Specifically, CNWMR said the Honda Accord Hybrid was calculated to have an "energy cost," or "dollars per lifetime mile," of $3.29, while the conventional Honda Accord was calculated to have an energy cost of $2.18.

"Put simply, over the "Dust to Dust" lifetime of the Accord Hybrid, it will require about 50 percent more energy than the non-hybrid version," said CNWMR.

According to CNWMR, the company spent two years collecting data on the energy necessary to plan, build, sell, drive and dispose of a vehicle from initial concept to scrappage, including such factors as dealer fuel costs, employee driving distances, electricity usage per pound of material used in each vehicle, and "literally hundreds of other variables."

CNWMR said the cost differential identified between hybrids and non-hybrids was partially attributable to the manufacture, replacement and disposal of such items as batteries, electric motors and lighter weight materials, as well as complexity of the power package.

"If a consumer is concerned about fuel economy because of family budgets or depleting oil supplies, it is perfectly logical to consider buying high-fuel-economy vehicles," said CNWMR president Art Spinella. "But if the concern is the broader issues such as environmental impact of energy usage, some high-mileage vehicles actually cost society more than conventional or even larger models over their lifetime."

Contact: Art Spinella, CNWMR, phone 541-347-4718, website http://www.cnwmr.com.

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Date:Apr 17, 2006
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