I'm still reluctant to look at hybrids seriously. I think they're a great idea but for two points:
Another fun fact on Hybrids - The Ford Escape advertises 28 miles per gallon compared to the Ford Escape Hybrid at 34 miles per gallon. Over the course of 100,000 miles, that 6 mile per gallon difference saves you alsmot $1900, but the Hybrid Escape costs a good $6-8k more than the regular version. What a great deal! Here's another fun fact: Has anyone done any research on what the impact of making a hybrid car battery is on the environment? From what I've read, you will do less damage to the environment by driving a non-hybrid in the overall scheme of things.
You might be referring to a study by CNW Marketing Research. They're an Oregon company, and like anything one needs to follow the money and consider the source. However, they do make some valid points regarding the whole life environmental cost of hybrids compared to other SUV's. Their story is sets fuel economy claims against the cost to manufacture, transport and reclaim materials used in new Hybrid class vehicles. They consider the Jeep Wrangler the most environmentally friendly vehicle because it uses "established technologies that need less energy in manufacture and many parts that are shared among other vehicles, reducing the energy used in manufacture. They also have a longer life cycle."
So take it for what it's worth, considering the money most likely behind the study. There are people here who would be willing to present data to suggest EP1 was the best film in the saga.
2007 models added to CNW Marketing Research study:
How Green is Your Car:
Flutterby™, a San Francisco blogger who cites the CNW research: