Thursday, July 20, 2006

Energetic Performance


Provides a model for more evenly determining the efficiency of different transportation methods. It is difficult to compare efficiency because of the number of variables. For example if you have two bicyclists riding the same electric bicycle, what is the relative efficiency? One might be a strong cyclist and able to pedal more than the other, and thereby use less power to go the same difference.

Efficiency is determined by estimating the number of passenger-kilometers obtained per unit of thermal energy present in the fuel consumed.