There's talk about GM...ok...we've said some nasty things. But we've said some nice things too. And today, we'll be saying something nice again. In 2007, GMC will be releasing the first hybrid electric trucks. Now, some people may see a hybrid Sierra as greenwashing, but I'm having none of it. I honestly believe that trucks are one of the most important kinds of vehicles to go hybrid.
Improving the gas mileage of a car from 60 to 70 mpg saves about 2 gallons of gas per 1000 miles. Increasing the mileage of a truck like the Sierra from 15 to 25 mpg, as GMC has, saves ten times that. And, quite frankly, I think we need trucks just as much as we need passenger cars.
This is a big deal. A lot of people need trucks, especially out here in the hinterlands, and I'm not about to criticize them. But right now people who neeed 350 horsepower and a flatbed don't have any options above 20 mpg. And the hybrid Sierra (greenwashed or not) gives people that option.
written by Dan, September 05, 2007
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