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    Together, light vehicles and medium/heavy trucks and buses consume 82.1% of the energy used in the transportation sector. Those on-road vehicles use mainly gasoline and diesel fuel. Of the other modes, air transportation’s use of jet fuel and aviation gasoline accounts for 7.8% of transportation energy use, while water, rail, and pipeline account for less than 5% each.

    TRANSPORTATION ENERGY USE BY MODE AND FUEL TYPE, 2014

    Graph showing transportation energy use by mode and fuel type in 2014

    Fact #953 Dataset

    SUPPORTING INFORMATION

    Share of Transportation Energy Use by Mode, 2014

    Light VehiclesMed/Heavy Trucks & BusesAirWaterPipelineRailTotal
    58.6% 23.5% 7.8% 3.5% 4.2% 2.4% 100.0%

     

    Share of Transportation Energy Use by Mode and Fuel Type, 2014

    Fuel TypeLight VehiclesMed/Heavy Trucks & BusesAirWaterPipelineRail
    Gasoline 97.0% 9.9% 1.2% 21.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Diesel 2.7% 89.4% 0.0% 30.2% 0.0% 88.4%
    LPG 0.3% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Jet fuel 0.0% 0.0% 98.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
    Residual 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 48.7% 0.0% 0.0%
    Natural gas 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 77.4% 0.0%
    Electricity 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 22.6% 11.6%
    Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

    Note: LPG=liquefied petroleum gas. LPG use is small and not visible on the figure.
    Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 35, October 2016, Figure 2.6.

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