Table 5-1 - Alternative Transportation Fuels

Table 5-1 - Alternative Transportation Fuels

(Million gasoline-equivalent gallons per year)

  1992 1994 1996 1998P
Alternative fuels        
Liquified petroleum gas 208 249 239 253
Compressed natural gas 17 24 47 77
Liquefied natural gas 1 2 3 6
Methanol 4 6 2 3
Ethanol -- -- 3 2
Electricity -- -- 1 1
Total 230 281 296 335
Replacement fuels/oxygenates        
MTBEa 1,175 2,019 2,750 3,081
Ethanol in gasohol 701 846 660 857
Traditional fuels        
Gasolineb 110,135 113,144 117,783 121,465
Diesel 23,866 27,293 30,101 32,461
Total 134,001 140,437 147,884 153,926
Total fuel consumptionc 134,231 140,719 148,180 154,260

a Includes a very small amount of other ethers, primarily tertiary-amyl-methyl-ether and ethyl-tertiary-butyl-ether.

b Gasoline consumption includes ethanol in gasohol and MTBE.

c Total fuel consumption is the sum of alternative fuels and traditional fuels. Oxygenate consumption is included in gasoline consumption.

KEY: MTBE = methyl-tertiary-buytl-ether; P = preliminary.

NOTE: Totals may not equal sum due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Alternatives to Traditional Transportation Fuels 1997 (Washington, DC: 1998).