• In 2007, the average combined fuel economy for cars and light trucks was 20.4 miles per gallon.
• In 2007, 11,720 miles were traveled by the average vehicle.
• In 2007, the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions to total emissions for passenger vehicles was 0.977.
• For every gallon of motor gasoline burned, 8.92*10-3 metric tons of carbon dioxide is emitted.
• Gas powered motor vehicles emit:
• Carbon monoxide.
• Carbon dioxide.
• Nitrogen dioxide.
• Sulphur dioxide.
• Polycyclic hydrocarbons.
• Tiny suspended particles.
• 378 million gallons of motor gasoline are consumed in the U.S. each day.
• Annually, 137,970,000,000 gallons of gasoline are consumed in the U.S.
• Two-thirds of the oil consumed by the world is consumed by transportation vehicles.
• One-sixth of the world’s oil is consumed specifically by passenger vehicles
• Car and truck tail pipe emissions are responsible for almost a third of the air pollution in the United States.
All according to PBS, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Energy Information Agency.
The Effects of Gas Powered Engines
• Carbon dioxide, the gas most dominantly emitted from motor vehicles, contributes to the greenhouse effect; it is responsible for 63 percent of the greenhouse’s increased intensity.
• Nitrogen oxide causes acid rain. NO2 makes up about 7.2 percent of the gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect; those vehicles with catalytic converters are responsible for almost 3.6 percent of the nitrogen oxide released.
• Health effects:
• Aggravation to heart and lung diseases.
• Birth defects.
• Irritation of lung tissues.
• Lung Problems.
• Negative impacts on organs, the nervous system, and blood.
• E.g. Heart disease, lead poisoning, impaired mental functioning, etc.
• Oxygen impairment to the brain.
• Respiratory illnesses.
Why Electric Cars Are Better For the Environment
Electric cars, like the Wheego Whip LSV, are powered entirely by batteries. Unlike gas powered engines and hybrid engines, electric cars emit no greenhouse gases, let alone environmental pollutants. This is because they are run entirely by electricity and use no gas. Electric cars’ batteries are made from lithium iron phosphate, which is less harmful to than environment than the traditional lead battery used in gasoline engine cars.