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Old 05-18-2011, 11:50 AM   #4752 (permalink)
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Electric Cycle - '81 Kawasaki KZ440
90 day: 334.6 mpg (US)

S10 - '95 Chevy S10
90 day: 30.48 mpg (US)

Electro-Metro - '96 Ben Nelson's "Electro-Metro"
90 day: 129.81 mpg (US)

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My thoughts on MPG Equivalent -

Don't bother calculating in efficiency of a coal plant OR how much energy it takes to find and dig oil wells.

If you really want to do a true "wells-to-wheels", it gets VERY complicated (and political) very fast.

Measure power from the wall and gas from the pump. It's the only fair way to do it.

An electric car being about 4 times as efficient? That sounds about right.

And remember, with an electric car, you can get your electricity from solar panels, wind power, nuclear plants, coal plants, hydro, etc., etc. - it's your choice - you get to choose where your power comes from.

You can't do THAT with gasoline.
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