Fact #834: August 18, 2014 About Two-Thirds of Transportation Energy Use is Gasoline for Light Vehicles

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Highway vehicles are responsible for the majority of the energy consumed by the transportation sector. Most of the fuel used in light vehicles is gasoline, while most of the fuel used in medium and heavy trucks and buses is diesel.

Transportation Energy Use by Mode and Fuel Type, 2013

Graphic showing the transportation energy use by mode and fuel type in 2013. See table for more detail.

Notes:
Rail includes transit, intercity passenger, and freight.
Water includes waterborne commerce and recreational boating.
Air includes all domestic operations and one-half of international operations.
Civilian consumption only. Totals may not include all possible uses of fuels for transportation (e.g., snowmobiles).

Fact #834 Dataset

Supporting Information

Transportation Energy Use by Mode and Fuel Type, 2013
(Million barrels per day equivalent)
Mode Gasoline Diesel fuel Liquefied petroleum gas Jet fuel Residual fuel oil Natural gas Electricity Total
Light vehicles 7.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 * 8.1
Medium/heavy trucks & buses 0.3 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 * 2.8
Air 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Water 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5
Rail 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
Pipeline 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.008 0.002 0.0
Total highway & nonhighway 8.3 3.1 0.0 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 12.8

* Data on electricity use of highway vehicles is not available.
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book, Edition 32, Oak Ridge, TN, July 2013.

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