How Many Cars Are In The World?

How Many Cars Are There In The World Today?


How Many Cars Are In The WorldEstimates on how many cars are in the world today vary by a surprisingly wide margin. Many of the estimates are outdated and/or incomplete. Here are the current statistics on how many cars are in the world today.

Presently, there are 1.42 billion cars in operation worldwide, including 1.06 billion passenger cars and 363 million commercial vehicles. To put that into perspective, the number of cars in the world reached 1 billion in 2009.

What percentage of these cars use clean technology?
Despite all of the hype surrounding battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell cars, over 98% of all automobiles on the road today are still powered by gasoline or diesel.

How much pollution are these cars producing?

The 1.42 billion cars on the road will emit 2.23 billion metric tons (equivalent to 4.92 trillion pounds) of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere this year. To put that into perspective, that's equivalent to burning all of the coal in a fully-loaded coal train that stretches 392,000 miles, long enough to wrap almost 15.7 times around the earth at the equator.

Which car markets in the world are growing the fastest?

The developing economies of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) accounted for the largest share of the growth in the car market. But featuring especially large even among the BRICS countries is China, the world's second largest economy, the fastest growing large economy, and the largest car market.
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How many tires do the world's cars need?

The 1.42 billion cars on the road in 2018 need a set of new tires about every 2 years, or 2.84 billion tires annually, and those 2.84 billion tires consume over half of the earth's rubber production, which of course burns even more fuel and cause even more pollution.

All of these numbers are set to rise steadily as the earth's population grows and countries like China and India, with populations of 1.38 billion and 1.32 billion, respectively, continue to industrialize and grow their middle classes at an even faster rate than the other segments of their population.

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Who is responsible for global warming?

Environmental defense organizations