Table 4-11M: Passenger Car and Motorcycle Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-11M: Passenger Car and Motorcycle Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Vehicles registered (thousands)                          
Passenger cars 61,671 75,258 89,244 106,706 121,601 127,885 133,700 128,387 129,728 129,749 131,839 132,432 133,621
Motorcycles 574 1,382 2,824 4,964 5,694 5,444 4,259 3,897 3,872 3,826 3,879 4,152 4,346
Vehicle-kilometers traveled (millions)                          
Passenger cars 944,685 1,163,556 1,475,768 1,664,062 1,789,591 2,006,852 2,265,956 2,314,237 2,365,736 2,418,129 R2,493,802 2,525,222 2,578,031
Motorcycles a a 4,828 9,012 16,415 14,645 15,450 15,772 15,933 16,224 R16,549 17,033 16,684
Fuel consumed (million liters)                          
Passenger cars 155,849 188,222 256,723 280,650 264,911 270,725 263,344 257,681 262,030 264,570 R271,395 277,406 276,051
Motorcycles a a 227 428 772 689 723 742 750 765 R780 803 793
Average kilometers traveled per vehicle (thousands)                          
Passenger cars 15.3 15.5 16.5 15.6 14.7 15.7 16.9 18.0 18.2 18.6 18.9 19.1 19.3
Motorcycles a a 1.7 1.8 2.9 2.7 3.6 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.1 3.9
Average kilometers traveled per liter                          
Passenger cars 6.1 6.2 5.7 5.9 6.8 7.4 8.6 9.0 9.0 9.1 R9.2 9.1 9.3
Motorcycles a a 21.3 21.1 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.3 21.3 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.3
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (liters)                          
Passenger cars 2,527 2,501 2,877 2,630 2,179 2,117 1,970 2,007 2,021 2,040 R2,059 2,093 2,067
Motorcycles a a 80 86 136 127 170 190 194 200 201 193 182

KEY: R = revised.

a Included in passenger car.

NOTES

See table 4-12 for other 2-axle 4-tire vehicles.

1 mile = 1.609344 kilometers. 3.785412 liters = 1 gallon.

Average kilometers traveled per vehicle, average kilometers traveled per liter, average fuel consumed per vehicle: derived by calculation.

SOURCES

Passenger car:

Number registered:

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

1995-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

All other categories:

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. For 1970-94, the unrevised motorcycle vehicle-miles and fuel consumed are subtracted from the combined passenger car and motorcycle vehicle-miles and fuel consumed from VM-201A.

1995-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

Motorcycle:

Number registered:

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

1995-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

All other categories:

1970-85: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1985, table VM-201A.

1990-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

Average miles traveled per vehicle, average miles traveled per gallon, average fuel consumed per vehicle: derived by calculation.