Tuesday, March 20

Adding a scooter?

I've wondered how many miles I'd have to go on a scooter to get my average mpg up over 40 mpg. I haven't taken calculus, so here's my hand-cranked answer (Thanks to Excel).


Total miles: 150
Gas Used






car mpg scoot mpg




Car miles scoot miles 20 60 carbon car carbon scoot total gas Cost of gas Total MPG Total Carbon

150.00 0.00 7.50 0.00 146.73 0.00 7.50 $ 22.50 20.00 146.73
10% 135.00 15.00 6.75 0.25 132.06 4.89 7.00 $ 21.00 21.43 136.95
20% 108.00 42.00 5.40 0.70 105.65 13.69 6.10 $ 18.30 24.59 119.34
30% 75.60 74.40 3.78 1.24 73.95 24.26 5.02 $ 15.06 29.88 98.21
40% 45.36 104.64 2.27 1.74 44.37 34.12 4.01 $ 12.04 37.39 78.49
50% 22.68 127.32 1.13 2.12 22.19 41.51 3.26 $ 9.77 46.07 63.70
60% 9.07 140.93 0.45 2.35 8.87 45.95 2.80 $ 8.41 53.53 54.83
70% 2.72 147.28 0.14 2.45 2.66 48.02 2.59 $ 7.77 57.90 50.68
80% 0.54 149.46 0.03 2.49 0.53 48.73 2.52 $ 7.55 59.57 49.26
90% 0.05 149.95 0.00 2.50 0.05 48.89 2.50 $ 7.51 59.96 48.95
100% 0.00 150.00 0.00 2.50 0.00 48.91 2.50 $ 7.50 60.00 48.91




Scoot to work 3 * a week, save $40 a month.

1 comment:

Steve said...

In an earlier post, you calculated the cost savings between using your car to commute and using public transportation. Then you calculated the difference in the amount of time each method would take and calculated a cost from that as well.

However, you didn't seem to consider how much time and money you spend to maintain the car.

Owning a car and taking public transportation can be expensive in time and money, but AAA calculates the average cost of a car in the United States at $8,410 per year.

If you can start making changes in your life where you can ditch the car and rely instead on occasional rentals, then the time spent on the bus will be worth it.

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