According to the logic the environmentalists use, a VW TDI should be “greener” than a Prius Hybrid. Since environmentalists go by gas mileage figures alone in targeting different vehicles, why then is a VW TDI which gets better mileage than any hybrid vehicle, left out of the environmental hype?
It is almost comical, that the same environmental attitude which condemns SUVs because of thier poor gas mileage and hence their “earth wrecking status” , will endlessly hype and endorse hybrid vehicles simply because they are hybrids. Even though they get much poorer mileage than a VW TDI diesel, which can easily beat a hybrids mileage by 10-20%, the politicians and thier environmental counterparts will go to great lengths to make the public buy a hybrid using large rebates. While the efficient VW TDI diesel sits unnoticed by the environmental movement, the Prius and other hybrids are in the spotlight, getting there by using some very flawed environmental logic.
And the Europeans, who have elevated the most reliable, economical and efficient engine the world has ever known to new heights of environmental friendliness and fuel efficiency, are closer to meeting thier Kyoto goals through the massive public use of the diesel engine in consumer vehicles.
Canadians and Americans are spending huge amounts of public tax dollars in a futile effort to become greener through the misguided hype of hybrid technology.