Plug-in vehicles displaced 323 million gallons of gas in 2018, up 42% from 2017

According to the DOE, plug-in vehicles on US roads displaced 323 million gallons of gasoline in 2018, or about 0.25% of all gasoline used in the US that year.

Gasoline displacement from plug-in vehicles in 2018 was about 42% higher than in 2017 and about twice as much as 2016. Displacement from all-electric vehicles is also growing. The gasoline displacement from EVs versus PHEVs was split almost evenly in 2012 and 2013, but by 2018 EVs accounted for two-thirds of all displacement.

As EV adoption continues to grow, the amount of electricity consumed by plug-ins in the United States has nearly doubled in the last two years, from 1.44 terawatt-hours in 2016 to 2.85 terawatt-hours in 2018. The share of electricity consumption from all-electric vehicles increased compared to the electricity consumption from PHEVs. In 2018, EVs accounted for 61% of all electricity consumption from plug-in vehicles, while PHEVs accounted for the remaining 39%.

Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

  • jstack6

    Yet because gas is so cheap from subsidies the US still imports millions of barrels a day. People drive more and create tons of pollution. It’s going to take years to make a big enough difference and we don’t have that long. We also still allow Fracking.

    Looking again at 2008, the United States imported around 9.8 million barrels of crude oil per day from other countries [source: U.S. Energy Information Administration], and that comes out to a whopping 3.5 billion barrels per year!

    • yulong zhu

      gas is cheap in USA, but expensive in China, espicially compared with the purchasing power. So Chinese is striving to develop EV/HEV, maybe in a the near future, the price of EV will be equivalent to combustion vehicle, or less.Cheaper battery, Cheaper controller, cheaper electromotor….