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Nearly 60% of all vehicle trips in US in 2017 were less than six miles

Data collected on one-way household trips by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey show that the majority (59.4%) of vehicle trips in the US in 2017 were less than six miles. A vehicle trip is defined as one start and end movement from location to location in a single privately-operated vehicle regardless of the number of persons in the vehicle.

Three-fourths of all trips are ten miles or less. Another 8.4% of trips were between 11 and 15 miles, with the three longer trip distance categories about 5% each. Of all the trips, 95% were 30 miles or less.

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Source: DOE.

Comments

Engineer-Poet

This is why we need to go PHEV right NOW.  76.7% of all trips are 10 miles or less.  Electrify this mileage and you eliminate the fuel consumption, the cold-start emissions, and almost every other environmental impact of vehicular travel.

Alevin

Bicycle

LanceK

Let us look this data was collected.......
60% People I know go 35- 60 miles in a day.
Granted sometimes in less then 10 mile increments, but still travel more than 35 miles a day.

Bicycle is a great way of travel....

Engineer-Poet

Even if you're doing 50 miles a day, if you're doing it in increments of no more than 15 miles and you can get 10 miles of charge at each stop you can still electrify at least 2/3 of your driving.  This should be pretty easy for most driving other than taxicabs and delivery vehicles.

LanceK

lack of infrastructure for such a complex charging system.....
no capital to pay or to be paid for the charge, of course unless you are going to cover the cost for all the stations required for all the cars and all the associated infrastructure, maintenance, abuse, vandalism, and theft.....

Just saying

Bicycle is a great way of travel...

Engineer-Poet

This talk about "cost and complexity" makes me laugh.  Anyplace you have a power pole adjacent to parking, you can add a new pole pig for a few hundred dollars and set up a charger.  Anywhere a power line goes next to or across parking, you can install a new pole.  A quick web search turns up a claim that a temporary overhead power line costs about $1200 to install.  One pole pig is generally sufficient to provide 2 households with 240 V 200 amp service, which is enough to supply 240 V 30 A charging to 13 stations simultaneously (twice that many if the total power is shared between 2 vehicles per tap).  $100 per station qualifies as downright cheap.

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