U.S. Fuel use and VMTs from 2006 - 2017

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Just a placeholder until I figure out what I want to do with this. The numbers are not making much sense as it would lead to 1,000 mpg averages over the 11-years in question? I am not including Diesel for the MD and HD vehicles which will help but by 40Xs?

    U.S. LD Gasoline Consumed (billions of gallons)

    2006 - 3.38
    2007 - 3.39
    2008 - 3.29
    2009 - 3.28
    2010 - 3.28
    2011 - 3.19
    2012 - 3.19
    2013 - 3.23
    2014 - 3.26
    2015 - 3.35
    2016 - 3.41
    2017 - 3.40

    U.S. LD, MD and HD Vehicle Miles Traveled (trillions of miles)

    2006 - 3.03
    2008 - 3.03
    2008 - 2.98
    2009 - 2.96
    2010 - 2.97
    2011 - 2.95
    2012 - 2.97
    2013 - 2.99
    2014 - 3.03
    2015 - 3.13
    2016 - 3.22
    2017 - 3.20

    Sources: *FHWA and **EIA
     
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  2. wxman

    wxman Well-Known Member

    Hi Wayne,

    Are those annual data? I use the EIA website at https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_cons_wpsup_k_4.htm as a source of consumption of petroleum products in the USA. Those are updated weekly.

    According to the most recent 4-week average, 9,451,000 barrels/day of motor gasoline are being consumed, which would be almost 145 billion gallons/year extrapolated out, assuming 42 gallons/barrel.
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Wxman:

    I was using the EIA for the long term Gasoline consumption breakouts but had to use the FHWA for the VMTs. I think it is the VMTs that are way off the mark too?

    Wayne
     
  4. wxman

    wxman Well-Known Member

    Hi Wayne,

    Actually, the VMT appear reasonably consistent with EPA data. According to EPA, 3.2 trillion miles were accumulated by passenger cars and pickup trucks in 2015.
     
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Always marveled at the huge amounts of driving Americas do. The 2008 depression (to important people it was only a recession), cut total miles traveled, which has now bounced back & extended. As for me in my young years, work, running, bicycling, hiking & sports cut my total driving down...... "normally into shorter drives". Now that I'm old, retired, & physically breaking down, all I can do is drive, exploring my beautiful state....."normally during longer drives", which have increased my MPG from 30+ to high 30's. I also discovered used tires that greatly decrease my tire costs. Blamo! I've discovered that my yearly mileage now, is ~ 25,000 miles instead of ~17,000 miles. Between my increased MPG, my used tires (which would be in a tire dump, otherwise), & my longer-lived cars, I don't feel as overwhelmed by 25,000 miles per year, as I might have normally felt.
     
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