Hybrid Cars vs Gasoline Cars

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Earlier today, I found an enjoyable article posted earlier today, by Travis Dewitz, over on Dewitz Diagnostic Solutions | Automotive Training and Diagnostics entitled Hybrid Cars vs Gasoline Cars that I would encourage you all to read! Below are some extracts in the hope of whetting your appetites!

Is it all true? This study that was released by Worcester Polytechnic Institute completely goes against most positive reasons to purchase a Hybrid. Some excerpts from the study… The data suggested that the production of hybrids consumes more energy and releases more emissions than the production of conventional cars. This is mostly because of the advanced materials that are required in hybrids. It was also determined that hybrids are not a great investment for the consumer.  For a hybrid to break even with the higher price a consumer will have to drive primarily in the city and for more miles than the average person keeps a car for. With the current gas price hovering around $2.80 per gallon, a consumer would have to drive Fusion Hybrid over 150,000 miles, only in the city, before they started saving gas money. Conversely, if all of their driving was done on the highway, they would have to drive nearly two million miles before saving any money.

Now, reading this article started me thinking so I did a quick search for some more posts on the subject and found some more greatarticles. For example, Evolving the Life Sciences at WPI | WPI Connection posted last week, by lurbans, on a blog called WPI Connection:

On April 29 the WPI Life Sciences Advisory Board gathered at Gateway Park for a day-long series of discussions focused on the scope and impact of the university’s life sciences educational and research programs. The board includes members from a range of life sciences companies and other academic institutions who work closely with WPI leadership to assess the university’s current programs and direct future life sciences initiatives. “This board is really a think-tank, and it’s exciting to be a part of a group like this,” said Craig Mello, the Blais Professor of Molecular Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who chairs the advisory board. “The life sciences are now so interdisciplinary. It’s not just about working with your cells in a wet lab anymore. Today we are heavily dependent on informatics and engineering to do our work,” Mello said. “So this is a natural collaboration between WPI, the medical school, industry and other institutions, because we need the best ideas from all these areas to help us prepare for the future and apply our work.


Bruce D. Minsky,’77 chief quality officer and associate dean of clinical quality at the University of Chicago Medical Center; James Orcutt,  president of life sciences operations at New Brunswick Scientific Co; Kevin O’Sullivan, president and CEO of  Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives and Catherine Prescott, founder and director of Biolatris Ltd, UK. “We are very fortunate to have this group of people, who are some of the very best minds in industry and academia, working with us to define the challenges, and to create the solutions, that will advance our research and educational experiences in the life sciences,” said WPI Dean of Arts and Sciences Karen Oates. “This group has both an inward, and an outward focus. We want to improve our programs for the benefit of our students and faculty, and we also want to apply what we do here in ways that help the broader community and better the human condition.

Yet another fantastic article came from admin on InCity Times posted last week, entitled Blog Archive » WPI students fight Exxon Mobil CEO's … which is also definitely worth a read.

3 million to the school. The invitation appears to have more to do with future funding aspirations than aspirational future vision. After a decision by WPI’s President Dennis Berkey to prevent protesting students from receiving diplomas drew negative media attention, Berkey withdrew the threat and agreed to endorse an alternate commencement speech by Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. Invited by SJSF, Heinberg will deliver from the main stage directly following Tillerson’s address. “Richard Heinberg’s work is a powerful symbol of our wishes for WPI: a university which, in line with its budding green image, chooses to honor someone with leadership and vision, rather than a baron of the past, a force of the status quo.” – SJSF Leadership However, the fact remains that the CEO of the world’s most profitable company, one that has destroyed entire ecosystems around the globe, will be addressing the next generation of parents, thinkers and leaders. Protesters, whose ranks will be swelled by organizations including 350.

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