According to government statistics, 51% of the workers have a one-way commute of 10 miles or less. Another 17% 15 miles or less (11 miles) (source: US DOT). This leaves 32% who did not choose wisely when selecting a residence
Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors
Agree with your observation that total life cycle costs must be looked at with respect to hybrids/EV's. Still, at some point the general consensus will be that using a crude oil fueled vehicle weighing 20 times as much as its payload is not a wise choice for transportation. Necessity will eventually mandate either mass transportation for the commuting masses, with really small EV's or similar (CNG's, perhaps) (along the lines of 1,500 lbs empty weight) for personal transportation.
A 747 can carry 122% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (875,000 lbs gross take off weight, B-747-400
An 18-wheeler can carry about 115% its own weight in cargo and fuel (80,000 lbs GVWR).
A bus will carry roughly 50% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (48,000 lbs GVWR, 55 pax
An SUV loaded to capacity
will carry about 20% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (6,000 lbs GVWR).
It's simply a matter of simple math.