Hidden Costs of Vehicle Replacement
Manufacturing an automobile requires approximately 450,000 litres (120,000 gallons) of water which comes in clean and goes out polluted in one way or another. The energy required to produce a vehicle is also very large, equal to about 12% of the energy used by the vehicle in its lifetime. In North America, the automobile is also one of the largest users of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Car air conditioning units and CFC blown foam seating in automobiles, are responsible for 28% of the ozone depleting CFCs released into the atmosphere every year.
Perhaps it might be better to repair and reuse existing vehicles?