Table 4-9: Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-9: Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  (R) 1960 (R) 1965 (R) 1970 (R) 1975 (R) 1980 (R) 1985 (R) 1990 (R) 1991 (R) 1992 (R) 1993 (R) 1994 (R) 1995 (R) 1996 (R) 1997 (R) 1998 (R) 1999 (R) 2000 (R) 2001 2002 2003 (R) 2004 (R) 2005 (R) 2006 (R) 2007 2008
Vehicles registered (thousands) 73,858 90,358 111,242 137,913 161,490 177,133 193,057 192,314 194,427 198,041 201,802 205,427 210,441 211,580 215,496 220,461 225,821 235,331 234,624 236,760 243,011 247,421 250,845 254,403 255,918
Vehicle-miles traveled (millions) 718,762 887,812 1,109,724 1,327,664 1,527,295 1,774,826 2,144,362 2,172,050 2,247,151 2,296,378 2,357,588 2,422,696 2,485,848 2,561,695 2,631,522 2,691,056 2,746,925 2,797,287 2,855,508 2,890,450 2,964,788 2,989,430 3,014,371 3,032,399 2,973,509
Fuel consumed (million gallons) 57,880 71,104 92,329 108,984 114,960 121,301 130,755 128,563 132,888 137,262 140,839 143,834 147,365 150,386 155,379 161,411 162,554 (R) 163,478 168,682 170,069 173,531 174,787 175,023 176,190 170,765
Average miles traveled per vehicle (thousands) 9.7 9.8 10.0 9.6 9.5 10.0 11.1 11.3 11.6 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.8 12.1 12.2 12.2 12.2 11.9 12.2 12.2 12.2 12.1 12.0 11.9 11.6
Average miles traveled per gallon 12.4 12.5 12.0 12.2 13.3 14.6 16.4 16.9 16.9 16.7 16.7 16.8 16.9 17.0 16.9 16.7 16.9 17.1 16.9 17.0 17.1 17.1 17.2 17.2 17.4
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (gallons) 784 787 830 790 712 685 677 669 683 693 698 700 700 711 721 732 720 695 719 718 714 706 698 693 667

KEY: R = revised.

NOTES

See tables 4-11, 4-12, 4-13, 4-14, and 4-15 for individual highway vehicles.

Motor vehicles, fuel consumption and travel data include personal passenger vehicles, buses, trucks and motorcycles.

SOURCES

1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, tables VM-201A and MF-221, available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi as of Feb. 16, 2010.

1995-2008: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables MF-21, MF-27, MV-1, and VM-1, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of Jan. 21, 2010.