Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:08

Plug-Ins Offset Roughly 470 Million Gallons of Gasoline in 2019 in U.S.

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

Plug-in electric cars used roughly 4.1 TWh of electricity in 2019 in the U.S., which is about 3,000 kWh per year or 8 kWh per day.

A new report from the Argonne National Laboratory reveals that plug-in electric cars already started to make a small contribution to reducing the use of gasoline in the U.S.


As of 2019, there were some 1.4 million plug-in cars (sold cumulatively), which drove more than 37 billion miles on electricity since 2010. In 2019, the total plug-in fleet reduced the national gasoline consumption by 0.34%.


Stats for 2019 (and cumulatively 2010-2019):


  • More than 1.4 million plug-in cars
  • 12.7 billion miles (20.4 billion km) in 2019; since 2010 more than 37 billion miles
  • National gasoline consumption was reduced by 470 million gallons or 0.34% in 2019; by 1.4 billion gallons cumulatively
  • Plug-ins used 4.1 TWh of electricity in 2019 (about 3,000 kWh per car per year)
  • 69% of plug-ins sold in the U.S. since 2010 have been assembled in the U.S.
  • More than 60 GWh of lithium-ion batteries have been installed cumulatively


By the way, Argonne National Laboratory mentioned InsideEVs as one of its data sources about the plug-in car market, which makes us very proud. See the full report here.


The U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy presents the amount of energy saved by plug-in cars has increased in 2019 by more than 47% year-over-year.


"Due to their efficiency, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) reduce the amount of energy used by light-duty vehicles compared to their internal combustion engine counterparts. Estimates show that the energy savings in the United States due to light-duty PEVs in 2019 was 44.8 trillion Btu, up 47% from 2018."


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