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DOE: light-duty vehicles accounted for 58.5% of transportation energy consumption in US in 2016

In 2016, light-duty vehicles accounted for 58.5% of transportation energy use while medium/heavy-duty trucks and buses accounted for 23.9%, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Air transportation was the only other mode accounting for more than 5% of transportation energy use.

The majority of fuel used in transportation was gasoline and diesel fuel, used not only for highway vehicles but also in rail, water and air modes.


Source: DOE.



With the latest increase in the number of gas guzzling heavy SUVs and Pick-Ups, light vehicles will soon consume 60% of the energy used for transportation.

That trend may not change much before 2030, when electrified light duty vehicles will start having an impact.

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