Estimating the CO2 emissions of every 1,000 miles driven with a Tesla Model S in Miami, Florida (58% less emissions!)
We’ve recently driven our first 1,000 miles at an average of 485 watts hour/mile. This is the same as consuming about 485 kilowatts hour.
The same 1,000 miles, on my old Volkswagen GTI, which would rate on average 20 miles per gallon (with my driving), would’ve been the same as burning 50 gallons of gasoline.
1 gallon equates to 3.785 liters.
1 liter of gas when burnt emits 2.3 Kilograms of CO2 in the environment.
If I had driven those 1,000 miles with my old Volkswagen GTI, I would’ve put 435 kilograms of CO2 in the air.
Let’s see what 1,000 electric miles emit in Miami
In Miami, energy is generated from a mix of Natural Gas, Nuclear, Coal and Solar, they claim to generate electricity using the following mix of fuels:
Natural Gas - 72.49%
Nuclear - 14.93%
Purchased Power - 7.98%
They also claim to have an output of 845 lbs per megawatt/hour with this mix.
If we take that number down to Kilowatt/hour, then we can estimate better what the actual CO2 footprint of a Tesla Model S in South Florida for every 1,000 miles it’s driven.
With the help of the Google Calculator we get that FPL emits an estimated 0.383 Kilograms per kilowatt hour
845 (pounds / megawatt hour) = 0.383285553 kilograms / kilowatt hour
If we multiply 0.383 kilograms/kilowatts hour that, times 485 kilowatts hour we get that our first 1,000 miles on the Tesla have emitted an approximate 185.893493 kilograms of CO2.
That compared to the 435 kilograms of CO2 put out by my old gasoline car, is an amazing saving of 58% in CO2 emissions.
So, with today’s Electricity Generation technology, if all cars were to switch to electric in Miami, we’d be putting out nearly half of the CO2 emissions into the air. By the time this happens, I’m sure energy generation will be cleaner and cleaner, the beauty of it all is that once we’re all driving electric cars, the environment will immediately benefit from technological improvements at the energy plant level.