Table 4-9: 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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (R) 2011 2012
Vehicles registered (thousands) 73,858 90,358 111,242 137,913 161,490 177,133 193,057 192,314 194,427 198,041 201,802 205,427 210,441 211,580 215,496 220,461 225,821 235,331 234,624 236,760 243,011 247,421 250,845 254,403 255,918 254,213 250,070 253,216 253,639
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 2,795,610 2,855,508 2,890,221 2,964,788 2,989,430 3,014,371 3,031,124 2,976,528 2,956,764 2,967,266 2,950,402 2,968,815
Fuel consumed (million gallons) 57,880 71,104 92,329 108,984 114,960 121,301 130,755 128,563 132,888 137,262 140,839 143,834 147,365 150,386 155,379 161,411 162,554 163,478 168,682 170,069 173,531 174,787 175,023 176,203 170,765 168,140 170,411 168,452 168,395
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 11.6 11.9 11.7 11.7
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 17.6 17.4 17.5 17.6
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (gallons) 784 787 830 790 712 685 677 669 683 693 698 700 700 711 721 732 720 695 719 718 714 706 698 693 667 661 681 665 664

KEY: R = revised.

NOTES

Motor vehicles, fuel consumption and travel data include light duty vehicles, buses, trucks and motorcycles.

For 2007-12, the methodology and data categories of the Highway Statistics series were updated, so the data from 1960-2006 are not comparable. In addition, this edition of table 4-9 is not comparable to editions from 2009 or earlier.

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

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.

1995-2012: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table VM-1, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Feb. 28, 2014.