[A-List] The REAL energy crisis
sherrynstan at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 31 18:19:31 MST 2004
ENERGY USED IN AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION
Excluding the fuel used in transporting manufactured vehicles to
showrooms from factories the manufacture of an automobile or truck
requires about 12% as much of the hydrocarbon (oil) energy as the
vehicle will consume in its lifetime.
There are 700 million internal combustion vehicles on the planet.
Assuming a 20 gallon tank, with one fill up per week for twenty years
the amount of oil required to manufacture a new alternative class of
vehicles would equal:
1,747,200,000,000 gallons, or
41,600,000,000 barrels of oil.
This does not take into account the amount of oil needed to build
factories which don't exist. Who would pay for that?
Manufacturing one automobile requires approximately 450,000 liters or
118,877 gallons. To build 700 million new vehicles would require:
83,213,900,000,000 gallons of fresh water.
Stuart Baird, M Eng., M.A.
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