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source: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/refs.html

Passenger vehicles per year

Passenger vehicles are defined as 2-axle 4-tire vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport/utility vehicles.

In 2007, the weighted average combined fuel economy of cars and light trucks combined was 20.4 miles per gallon (FHWA 2008). The average vehicle miles traveled in 2007 was 11,720 miles per year.

In 2007, the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions to total emissions (including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, all expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents) for passenger vehicles was 0.977 (EPA 2009).

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted per gallon of motor gasoline burned is 8.92*10-3 metric tons, as calculated in the “Gallons of gasoline consumed” section.

To determine annual greenhouse gas emissions per passenger vehicle, the following methodology was used: vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was divided by average gas mileage to determine gallons of gasoline consumed per vehicle per year. Gallons of gasoline consumed was multiplied by carbon dioxide per gallon of gasoline to determine carbon dioxide emitted per vehicle per year. Carbon dioxide emissions were then divided by the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions to total vehicle greenhouse gas emissions to account for vehicle methane and nitrous oxide emissions.


Note: Due to rounding, performing the calculations given in the equations below may not return the exact results shown.

8.92*10-3 metric tons CO2/gallon gasoline * 11,720 VMT car/truck average * 1/20.4 miles per gallon car/truck average * 1 CO2, CH4, and N2O/0.977 CO2 = 5.1 metric tons CO2E /vehicle/year


Equivalent calculation in Australian units of measure will be added by TeamGlobeus shortly.

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