FOTW #1101, September 30, 2019: Medium/Heavy Trucks Were 4% of the Vehicle Population but Accounted for 26% of Fuel Use in 2017

September 30, 2019

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Trucks in the medium/heavy truck category include tractor trailers, also known as combination trucks, and single-unit trucks. In the most recent year for which data are available, combination trucks made up only 1% of the vehicle population but were responsible for 6% of all vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and 17% of vehicle fuel use. Single-unit trucks were 3% of the vehicle population and 3% of VMT, while making up 9% of vehicle fuel use.

Vehicle populsation, vehicle miles traved, and gallons of fuel used by vehicle class in 2017.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2017, Washington, DC, March 2019, Table VM-1.

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