Please, no more trucks!

June 18, 2019

Make efficiency the number one issue when you buy a vehicle

I’ll confess to periodically talking back to my television.  And in recent months, nothing has provoked me more than that ad with the line, “Introducing eight all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverados”.

Why?  Because trucks are horrendous gas guzzlers.  They, along with SUVs, are THE reason why Canadian vehicles are the very least efficient in the world.

I get that trucks are powerful, comfortable, luxurious and work-ready – except that most rarely work; they’re used for commuting.   Over a 300,000 KM lifetime, a truck averaging 14 litres/100 KM will emit 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide.  That sure seems out of touch with reducing our emissions by 45% by 2030 if we plan to cap global warming at 1.5°C.  Perhaps trucks are our generation’s irresponsibility.

So hey Chevy – for power, comfort, luxury and mind-blowing efficiency, why not instead give us eight new models of your magnificent Bolt EV, with an incredible 2.0 litres equivalent/100 KM, or seven times as efficient as a truck?  (Like all EVs, the Bolt is eligible for a $5000 rebate anywhere in Canada.)

For those rare few who really do need a truck for work, check out Rivian, Workhorse or – soon – Tesla.

For the rest of us, why not get familiar with NRCan’s fuel efficiency guide, where you can compare the fuel efficiency of every vehicle available for sale in Canada?  Then make efficiency your top priority the next time you buy.

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