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Fuel wasted in traffic congestion

March 12, 2012

The D.O.E. cited a study that traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of fuel a year in the U.S.

There are a few ways to interpret the numbers:

  1. That’s about 30 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. If an average car emits 5 tons of CO2 a year, then traffic congestion emits 6 million cars worth of CO2.
  2. Focusing on a 50 mpg car may be the wrong goal. We may save more fuel and lower emissions by having cars that perform better under congested conditions.
  3. Reducing congestion can be an effective energy conservation technique. This could include building more roads or having smarter traffic lights. 
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One Comment
  1. 1. Electric vehicles simply pass the buck of problems from the owner to the electrical company who still run off fuel among many other forms of fuel which will contribute to CO2 emissions.

    2. Hybrids stay idle during traffic conditions running just on electrical versus fuel and help this situation.

    3. This is an issue with public transportation. Poor implementations cause people to own vehicles which increase traffic and causes all vehicles perform poorly.

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