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No, that is nonsense, it doesn’t work this way…A 42 gallon barrel of oil is roughly 1,700 kilowatt hours. That is the figure I used when doing the oil reserve comparison.
The number of watts it takes to accelerate a weight over a distance is consistent regardless of the energy form used. Efficiency is a function of the machine selected and doesn't really matter as long as you have sufficient energy available to get the job done.
Suppose an average electric vehicle is 80% efficient and an average gas vehicle is 30% efficient. That might require storing half as much energy in reserve. That is 121,380 times what the world actually has. If electric cars were 100% efficient(impossible), we would still need 72,828 times the entire worldwide installed capacity of Megapacks to do the same work as the national oil reserve of a single country.
Feel free to criticize the manner of comparison, but if you expect to replace the 'oil' way of life with 'electric', it would be nice to know if that is actually feasible.
I didn't even account for the thousands of gallons of fuel stored underground at every gas station around the world. That alone could run the world for a couple days. If every vehicle is electric and the grid goes down for a couple days, you have what is in your batteries and that is pretty much it. Compare the energy stored at a gas station to the UPS under your desk.
Each regional refinery also has huge tank farms to maintain production if pipelines stop delivering crude for weeks. That capacity is analogous to the present grid backup batteries that last for seconds to minutes.
The “oil reserve” equivalent is the that big fusion reactor we revolve around and get to see on average 12hrs each day.
“Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth -- 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That's more than 10,000 times the world's total energy use.”