The overall energy efficiency of future electric vehicles would at best be competitive with that of future conventional vehicles, if petroleum were to be the basic source of both gasoline and electricity. If both gasoline and electricity were to be produced solely from coal, however, about 40% less would be used for electric vehicles because of the relatively low efficiency with which synthetic gasoline can be produced from coal. Projections of fuel use by US electric utilities indicate that even for total electrification of light-duty vehicles, less than 25% of recharge power would be generated from oil in the 1990's. In many areas of the country, little or no petroleum would be used to generate recharge power. Thus the potential for petroleum conservation through vehicular electrification is immense. (ERA citation 06:027345)

  • Corporate Authors:

    General Research Corporation

    P.O. Box 3587
    Santa Barbara, CA  United States  93105

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Hamilton, W
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

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  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00344702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOE/CS/51180-T3
  • Contract Numbers: AC03-76CS 51180
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1982 12:00AM