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Friday, April 16, 2004


Fueling America's transportation glut

The recent articles in the Mosquito about hybrid cars have to make you think about how much energy we use to putt-putt around in our cars every year. The following are some interesting statistics to think about when you consider the purchase of your next car. The technology is here and so is the demand. Toyota can barely keep up with the demand for their Prius hybrid cars. Why doesn't our government take the lead and increase the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards?

214 million Number of vehicles in the U.S.
290 million Number of people in the U.S.
22,802 Miles per year driven by the average family in 1983.
34,459 Miles per year driven by the average family in 1995.
24,902 Circumference of the Earth, in miles.
3 billion The world use of oil per day, in gallons.
4% U.S. percentage of world population
25% Percent of world oil consumed by the U.S. each year.
50% Percent increase in vehicles on the road between 1970 and 1990.
$7,538 Av. 3-year gasoline cost for a car operating at 24 mpg (at $1.75/gal.)
18 mpg Av. fuel economy of SUVs and pick-up trucks in U.S.
$700 Est. cost to upgrade new autos to achieve fuel efficiency of 40 miles/gal.

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