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The Terminator Says Hummers Can Be Green

Can a Hummer be green just because it’s electric? Check out this post on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “green” Hummers and let us know where you weigh in — my guess is we’ll have people on both sides of the coin.

There’s no denying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is one interesting guy, and that he seems to be in the habit of flipping stereotypes on their heads. Body builder to world-famous actor; “The Terminator” to Governor of California; Republican climate leader; and now, owner of “green Hummers.”

Seriously.

 

Of course, everyone knows that Hummers are ridiculously wasteful vehicles. However, Mr Arnold notes that if you want a Hummer and you want to be green, you can do it (well, sort of).

Arnold actually has a fleet of Hummers, but he fuels them in green ways. ”They are hydrogen engines and bio-fuel engines and one is being changed into an electrical engine,” Schwarzenegger noted to the Telegraph on a recent visit with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

Rather than shame people into cutting their consumption, Arnold notes that ”we should let them know they can be part of the solution by changing the technology in that car.”

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Image Credit: Nate Mandos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Unfortunately, we really do need to cut our consumption and cut the use of wasteful consumer products like Hummers. I’m sure those Hummers eat up electricity and biodiesel real fast… refueling them excessively isn’t green no matter how you do it. That fuel/electricity could be used for other important purposes. But hey, if you really can’t live without consuming like there’s no tomorrow, at least try to do so like Arnold does….

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John Miller on June 30, 2013

The Terminator, Actor and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been the champion of Hummers since he help commercialize and market the first civilian Humvee 1 back in 1992.    Since the original military Humvee’s were multi-fuel (or what today is often called ‘flex-fuel’) vehicles, initially greening these medium duty, off-road vehicles was not very challenging.  Since these vehicles can carry heavy loads converting to hydrogen, which includes relatively heavy hydrogen fuel tanks, was also not much of an issue.  As your post states, the Hummer is not very efficient.  It is likely the least efficient hydrogen fueled vehicle in the world today.  But when your lifetime image is to be a strongman-hero that saves the day, what else would you want to drive?  A Prius?  I doubt it, the movie would probably not receive very positive reviews.

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Nathan Wilson on July 1, 2013

Ok, so it’s fun to snicker at wealthy celebrities and their gas-guzzling luxury vehicles.  I suppose small economy cars make lots of sense for big city enviro types.

In rural areas, even poor people drive gas-guzzlers (mostly giant pickup truck).

For the most part, anyone who works in constuction, agriculture, landscaping, or owns a small business, as well as anyone who frequently drives on a dirt road will tell you that a pickup truck is the most sensible choice.

Personally, I drive a Prius, but I would never try to deny anyone (whether by legal mandate or by “shaming people”) the freedom to choose a vehicle that suits their situation.  

To succeed in decarbonizing personal transportation, we must offer hydrogen or ammonia vehicles, in addition to small gas and electrics.  These alt-fuel vehicles can better play the role that was granted (with little effect) to E85 flex fuel vehicles:  they get special treatment under the CAFE rules.  Only in this case, they could represent a real reduction in fossil fuel consumption, because H2 and NH3 can be made from energy source which are both sustainable and scalable. 

 

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