Comparision Calculations

How much energy is in 10 gallons of gasoline?

  • 1.22 billion Joules of energy
  • 81% of the energy in an average lightning bolt
  • 145 days of food
  • 0.29 tonnes of TNT
  • 10 days of energy for the average US household
  • 14% of the energy needed for the car to escape Earth’s gravity

The mass of carbon dioxide emitted by the 10 gallons of gasoline is equivalent to:

  • 95.5 lbs of coal
  • 3.7 propane cylinders
  • 1.2x the total body mass of an American adult male

Authored by: Andrew Kristof