It has been announced that Chevrolet will provide a fleet of 100 Tahoes and Suburbans (consisting of a mix of E85-fueled flex-fuel models and Two-Mode hybrids) to transport celebrities to the red carpet for the 2008 Grammy Awards.
On one hand, this will reduce the amount of efficiency-challenged limos parading to the event. On the other, we’re still dealing with a fleet of massive SUVs. At best, we’re talking 21mpg with the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. It’s commendable that a SUV can approach these levels, but do we really need more heavy, large vehicles on the road? Is this truly ‘eco-friendly’?
I guess I’d feel better about this whole promotion if smaller, fuel efficient hybrids were being used. Hell, even a fleet running on bio-diesel would sit well. Until E85 Ethanol is made from something other than corn, it cannot in my opinion be considered ‘eco-friendly’.
All of this banter might be moot anyways — since the Grammys are just as susceptible to the writer’s strike as the Oscars are. We might just have another super green awards show on our hands a la Golden Globes!