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Posted by Anonymous on 2006/11/7 20:12:25 (3642) reads

Thanks to Adrian for submitting this story about a PDF that he found on the British Jeep site. It is from the November, 2006 issue of What Car? magazine. The article details how the Jeep Wrangler is at the top of the list of eco-friendly cars when looking over the entire lifetime of the vehicle. How is this possible? Here's a snippet:

But why aren’t today’s exotic hybrids at the top of the table? It’s because vehicles like Jeeps use established technologies which use less energy in manufacture and which share many parts among other vehicles. Both these factors contribute towards a noticeable reduction in the energy used in vehicle manufacture. Cars like the Jeep® Wrangler also tend to have a longer life cycle, adding ‘green value’ at the end of the car’s lifespan as well as at the beginning.

Applying this ‘dust to dust’ analysis of energy use shows cars with some of the lowest CO2 emissions and most friendly environmental credentials in quite a different light. Amazingly, neither of the two hybrids on sale in the UK today finished in the top 50 of the CNW investigation.

Hybrid cars show up poorly because of the energy used in their manufacture and in the disposal and replacement of high-energy-use items like batteries and electric motors, and in their use of lighter weight construction materials like lightweight steels which use more energy and which are harder to recycle.

By contrast, the simple but immensely strong construction of cars like the Jeep® Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Commander make them a recycler’s dream. To make the CNW’s report meaningful to car buyers, energy usage was turned into the amount of petrol needed to supply the same amount of energy. This was then translated into the cost of the petrol in dollars.

We're wondering why we haven't seen anything about this report (from an Oregon-based company) on our side of the pond yet.

Check out the PDF article - it's more than worth a read.

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Posted: 2006/11/8 11:22  Updated: 2006/11/8 11:22
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Joined: 2006/10/10
From: NC
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I can't speak for DC but I may have a little insight as why the media doesn't say much about this. Unfortunately, ECO has it's own image too. That image doesn't always have to do with reality. I live in Asheville NC which is a very liberal, ECO, green friendly town. If you are to fit in with that group here then you drive a Subaru or Volvo. Not to say anything negative with about those vehicles but that is the way it stands here. Jeep has sort of an image that doesn't fit into their beliefs. I think they put the Jeep group in the Redneck, ground bashing, mud slinging group who are not friendly to our invironment. Although thats bull, that image is still projected. Is that a local theme?...yes....a national theme? Maybe.

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Posted: 2006/11/8 10:30  Updated: 2006/11/8 10:30
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2006/9/18
From: North Central Mass
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i am really surprised that DCx hasn't tried to capitalize on this info. is it just because the info is too complicated to explain in a 30 second spot? it can't cost too much to stamp flat sheet metal.

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Posted: 2006/11/8 9:33  Updated: 2006/11/8 9:33
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From: TX
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 Re: The Greenest Car on Earth: Jeep Wrangler (No, Really!)
A Canadian company had a very similar report, with basically the same findings, done in the last year or two.

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Posted: 2006/11/7 23:20  Updated: 2006/11/7 23:21
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2005/9/7
From: Maryland
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 Re: The Greenest Car on Earth: Jeep Wrangler (No, Really!)
The Greenest... The Brownest (mud).... The Whitest (snow).... The Best.... We've always known this about our Jeeps. :^D

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Posted: 2006/11/7 20:16  Updated: 2006/11/7 20:16
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Joined: 2006/5/3
From: Minnesota
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 Re: The Greenest Car on Earth: Jeep Wrangler (No, Really!)
I've told my friends at school time and time again, the Wrangler lasts a long time and is very reliable. This news put the nail on the coffin with words. Now we know that the Jeep Wrangler uses the least energy to be produced and recycled as well as in its lifetime.
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