View Single Post
Old 10-30-2011, 11:56 PM   #72 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
Patrick's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Northern Florida, USA
Posts: 510

Hot Tamale - '10 Toyota Prius III
Thanks: 27
Thanked 96 Times in 70 Posts
Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
Patrick, if the overhead of making the electricity is counted for the EV, then it also has to be counted for making the electricity used in making the gasoline.

So, this overhead "cancels out" since it is on both sides of the equation. This is the main point!

If the gasoline has all that electricity (and also a lot of natural gas and a lot of water -- which each have their own embedded electricity use!) embedded in it, then it is the same proportion of overhead for both the gasoline car and the EV.
Except that his 6 kwh number is an "estimate" based on lost gasoline btus from the refining process, NOT actual electricity used.
  Reply With Quote