Energy Analysis and the Electric Car 760120

The energy which is necessary for both the construction and operation of a variety of cars is calculated and compared. It is concluded that the energy used in vehicle operation out-weighs that used for construction. Battery-powered cars while showing no significant advantage in overall energy requirement over gasoline vehicles offer the possibility of substituting coal or nuclear energy for hydrocarbon fuels in vehicle propulsion. Ultimately a fuel cell vehicle could offer major energy savings.


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