how much could we decrease oil consumption and the amount of greenhouse gases if everyone drove hybrid-electric cars?
How could we further reduce oil through public transportation and carpooling?
- Anonymous5 years agoFavorite Answer
Oil consumption for gasoline, probably about 30 - 40% less overall if you include non-existent hybrid/electric industrial trucks and other vehicles of this type. Greenhouse gases probably wouldn't be affected because of the fossil fuels used to generate electricity at regional power plants and the increased load on the grid due to everyone charging their cars.
The electrical grid in the U.S. is currently not strong enough to handle more than about 25% of the population having pluggable electric cars, so add in expenditures and resources to strengthen the grid.
- 5 years ago
There are many types of hybrids: parallel hybrids, series hybrids, mild hybrids, solar cars, fuel cell electric vehicles and even any car with an electric starter could all be considered "hybrids." The simple case of a non plug in parallel hybrid like the prius would reduce fuel consumption and pollution by the percentage difference between average fuel consumption and the prius fuel consumption.
- PoppyLv 75 years ago
That would depend on how the electricity used to charge the batteries is made. Then there is the damage done to the planet to make the batteries. You need to look at the BIG picture. Research has been done and it is said that the carbon foot print of a Hummer is less than that of the Prius because of the batteries.