Saturday, February 26, 2011

The electricity in gasoline

I just ran across the latest available data, from 2007, for the electricity consumption by petroleum refineries. The US is, hoorah, #1. Over 49,000,000,000 kWh.

One electric car, roughly speaking, will use about 3000 kWh to go about 12,000 miles.

That means the electricity alone we use to refine petroleum each year could drive over 16,000,000 electric cars 12,000 miles each year.

And that doesn't include the electricity used in oil extraction and pumping.

[Source: Energy Statistics Database | United Nations Statistics Division under "Total Electricity" then "Consumption by petroleum refineries"]

Thursday, February 3, 2011

iMiev #1 in Norway

Norway's EV enthusiast site Electricaid reports that iMiev is #1 in Norway. In its small car segment in January, the little electric outsold each of its gasoline competitors. 99 iMievs sold.

[Source: Electricaid]