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Cars Excellent Video Responses To Absurd ExxonMobil Commercial

Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Excellent Video Responses To Absurd ExxonMobil Commercial



Ah, ExxonMobil decided to go and play the energy density card in a recent commercial, comparing the energy density in a gallon of gas to electricity in a somewhat “clever” way. One thing left out of the equation, however, is that, “while gasoline does have a high energy density, internal combustion engines are only able to use 30% or less of that energy for automotive propulsion. Thus, burning gasoline to drive a vehicle is still very inefficient,” as one GM-Volt Forum member noted. But some even better responses might be as follows:

Yes, only one of these was actually created as a response to the ExxonMobil commercial. Though, the other four are points worth making if you want to talk about the pluses and minuses of powering mobile phones (or cars) with gas versus electricity.

The bottom line is, there are a few reasons why we don’t power everything with oil:

  • it would be disgusting
  • it would be expensive
  • it would be inconvenient

Before long, those things will help to move us away from powering our cars with oil, along with the fact that driving electric is just way more enjoyable, gasmobiles would destroy our climate, and more.

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  • Darrell Pitzer

    So, what is used to create the electricity? Coal? Natural gas? Nuclear materials? There’s no such thing as a free lunch with electricity.

    • Bob_Wallace

      More and more our electricity is coming from renewable energy.

      We’re in the early days of transitioning off fossil fuels.

  • globi

    In a way this ExxonMobile commercial has been useful, as it has showed people how much more energy is used/wasted driving a vehicle or heating a building than powering a cell phone.

    For instance, the Swiss utilities wanted to build additional nuclear power plants just a couple of years ago and said that they are needed because of the additional electricity demand.
    In this discussion proponents of additional nuclear power plants would often say: “Look at the new cell phones and how much more power they need …. therefore more power plants are required …”

  • Wayne Williamson

    very much enjoyed these videos….

  • David

    Here’s an excellent rebuttal to the Exxon absurdity.

    Q: How much of the energy in a gallon of gasoline is wasted when burned in a typical car?
    A: 80%

    Q: How much of the energy of motion is recovered when you slow down in a typical gas car?
    A: 0%

    Q: How much further can you drive on the same amount of energy in an EV versus a gasoline car.
    A: About 5 times further.

    Q: What portion of the US trade deficit is due to imported oil?
    A: About $1000 per person.

    Q: What is the biggest expense over the lifetime of the average car?
    A: Gasoline.

    Q: Which US company made the most profit in 2012?
    A: Exxon

  • jburt56

    Reminds me of Boston Dynamics videos!!

  • Corbin Holland

    Their energy quiz is a joke as well. Glad someone wrote about this. I took their energy quizzes last week and some of the answers were predictions. Probably coming the studies they paid for to have done.

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