What Do We Call The EV Equivalent Of A Gas Guzzler?

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We have a few ideas.

The term "gas guzzler" is used to describe a vehicle with abnormally high fuel consumption. And it isn't just slang, the US government brought gas guzzler into legal usage when it passed the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which included a provision for a Gas Guzzler Tax on inefficient vehicles. According to the EPA, "the Gas Guzzler Tax is assessed on new cars that do not meet required fuel economy levels. These taxes apply only to passenger cars. Trucks, minivans, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are not covered because these vehicle types were not widely available in 1978 and were rarely used for non-commercial purposes."

The switch to electric vehicles will eventually eliminate the need for a Gas Guzzler Tax, but not all EVs are equally efficient. In fact, a recent report showed how inefficient the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup is with its massive 212.7 kWh battery. This got us thinking - what do we call the EV equivalent of a gas guzzler?

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First off, let's determine how an EV could possibly be a "guzzler." The Hummer EV Pickup has 212.7 kWh of usable battery capacity, the most of any vehicle currently available. Despite this, GMC says the truck will only go 329 miles on a single charge, netting 47 MPGe combined. How bad is that? A Ford Mustang Mach-E gets 93 MPGe combined according to the EPA. Even a Tesla Model X Plaid (which has 1,020 horsepower) gets between 91 and 98 MPGe depending on the wheel size.

The Rivian R1T is the Hummer's closest competitor, and it blows the GMC out of the water with a 70 MPGe rating. Since the Rivian is so much more efficient than the Hummer, it only requires a 105-kWh battery to travel 314 miles on a charge. Why is the Hummer so inefficient? Weight plays a huge factor here. The Hummer tips the scales at a whopping 9,063 pounds, with the battery alone accounting for 2,923 pounds (more than a whole Mazda MX-5 Miata).

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Though the Hummer would never qualify for the Gas Guzzler Tax because it's a truck, we still think it's important to coin a new term for a highly inefficient EV. Perhaps the US government might even take our suggestion and put it into a new law.

Here are our best ideas for what we think could replace the term gas guzzler: Amp Annihilator, Battery Blaster, Cell Sucker, Charge Hog, Electron Eliminator, Kilowatt Killer, Lithium Leech, Voltage Vulture, and Wattage Waster.

Let us know which is your favorite!

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