ENERGY COST OF AUTOMOBILES

RECYCLING JUNKED AUTOS AND REUSING THE SCRAP IN THE MANUFACTURE OF NEW ONES WOULD ACHIEVE DRAMATIC REDUCTIONS IN TOTAL POWER CONSUMPTION. THE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE MATERIALS MANUFACTURE, THE FABRICATION AND TRANSPORTATION ADD TO GIVE US THE TOTAL FREE ENERGY CONSUMED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF A NEW AUTOMOBILE: TOTAL FREE ENERGY = 37,275 KW/H. THE DIRECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION ALONE (WITH NO ACCOUNT TAKEN FOR FUEL COSTS OF ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION) IS 30,460 KW/H. THE FREE ENERGY SAVINGS FROM RECYCLING AN AUTOMOBILE IS ABOUT 12,000 KW/H PER AUTOMOBILE, WHICH IS LARGE IN ITS ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE AND ITS SIZE, RELATIVE TO THE COST OF AN AUTOMOBILE. ALSO THE TOTAL FREE ENERGY AND ENERGY REQUIREMENTS TO TRIPLE THE LIFE OF A VEHICLE ARE ROUGHLY 15 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL FREE ENERGY REQUIRED TO MAKE THE CAR.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Science and Public Affairs

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  • Authors:
    • BERRY, R S
    • FELS, M F
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1974 12:00AM