Table 4-9M: Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-9M: Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Vehicles registered (thousands)a 73,858 90,358 111,242 137,913 161,490 177,133 193,057 192,314 194,427 198,041 201,802 205,427 210,441 211,580 215,496 220,461 225,821
Vehicle-kilometers traveled (millions) R1,156,735 R1,428,795 R1,785,928 R2,136,668 R2,457,943 R2,856,306 R3,451,016 R3,495,576 R3,616,439 R3,695,662 R3,794,170 R3,898,951 R4,000,585 4,122,648 R4,235,024 4,330,835 4,425,379
Fuel consumed (million liters) 219,100 269,158 349,503 412,549 435,171 459,174 494,962 486,664 503,036 519,593 533,134 544,471 557,837 569,273 R588,174 611,007 614,221
Average kilometers traveled per vehicle (thousands) 15.6 15.8 16.1 15.4 15.3 16.1 17.9 18.2 18.7 18.7 18.8 19.0 19.0 19.5 19.6 19.6 19.6
Average kilometers traveled per liter 5.3 5.3 5.1 5.2 5.7 6.2 7.0 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.2 R7.2 7.1 7.2
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (liters) 2,968 2,979 3,142 2,990 2,695 2,593 2,563 2,532 2,585 2,623 2,642 2,650 2,650 2,691 R2,729 2,771 2,720

KEY: R = revised.

a Includes personal passenger vehicles, buses, and trucks.

NOTES: Seetables 4-11, 4-12, 4-13, 4-14, and 4-15 for individual highway vehicles.

Numbers may differ slightly from previous year's metric tables because a higher precision conversion factor was used. 1.609344 kilometers = 1 mile, 3.785412 gallons = 1 liter.

SOURCES: 1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A.

1995-2000: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.