Originally Posted by Sylon
It was said that building a Toyota Prius causes more damage to the environment than to drive a SUV everyday for a year, once you look into how the materials for the batteries are manufactured, not to mention transportation of those materials all around the world to the different places it has to go in order to become a battery. At no point is it beneficial to the environment to own an electric car.
Just wanted to add to this. The study in question found that the Prius was about three times as detrimental to the environment to drive as a Hummer, when you calculate in all of the extraneous variables. The Hummer is also three times cheaper to drive and own.