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Plug-in vehicles, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are cutting US gasoline use by 45 million gallons a year, which means Americans are already saving $100 million a year in refueling costs thanks to EVs. Now, imagine how those savings might look if startups like Aptera, Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive had created hits instead of flops.

Gasoline consumption across the U.S. has steadily declined during the last decade. Analysts have chalked up the drop in gas usage over the last ten years to the rise in more efficient technologies, better public transportation, the stalled economy and steadily increasing gas prices.

The Economist created this startling image for its website earlier this month. The "yipes" in my headline is about that bar all the way to the left, the all-U.S. bar. It's no secret we use a lot of gasoline here in the U.S., but seeing it laid out like this just twists my gut in all sorts of weird ways. And makes the news we report on every day here on AutoblogGreen all the more useful (because, you know, I learn things, too).