More tires spun, less gas used up. That's what the EIA has calculated for the American population in 2015 compared to 2007.
Vehicle Miles Traveled
Low gas prices mean that US drivers put more miles on their cars in 2015 than ever before. 987.8 billion miles in the first four months, to be exact.
We've been hearing for a while that the steady drop in US fuel prices are hurting sales of fuel-efficient cars like hybrids and plug-ins. As far as driving habits, though? Lower prices are the pump are having little impact on how much people are behind the wheel, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Because nothing says environmental sustainability like a per-mile tax on electric vehicles.
The price of a gallon of gasoline has been a major downer so far in 2011, and data shows that it may be affecting driving habits. According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That's down 1.1 percent compared to the first six months of 2010, or an eye-popping 15.5 billion fewer miles compared to the first half of last year. In fact, the government report shows that total miles are down to the lowest l
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN-DOT) is looking to recruit 500 residents of Wright and Hennepin counties to test technology that could eventually be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of the state's gasoline tax. Cory Johnson, MN-DOT project manager, claims that:
Opting to buy a battery-powered, all-electric vehicle not only frees your vehicle of tailpipe emissions. It also means owners of plug-ins don't have to pay gas taxes, right? Well, for residents of the states of Washington, Oregon and Texas, that sort of depends on whether or not soon-to-be introduced legislation to establish Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) taxes for electric vehicles gets passed into law.
Sweden seems to be experiencing what experts call a backfire effect from the company's rash of green car sales. Swedish car buyers have been snapping up clean diesel and ethanol vehicles in droves thanks to sizable government incentives, but, according to reports, the nation has actually seen its emissions from the transportation sector increase by an impressive 100,000 tons. What happened?
The estimated number of miles that all vehicles in the U.S. traveled (the VMT) grew by 2.5 percent in September 2009, the highest year-on-year monthly VMT uptick for 2009. The lowest number was negative 3.1%, recorded in January. Overall, for 2009, the number is up by +0.3% (6.7 billion vehicle miles). These numbers are based on the monthly Traffic Volume Trends report from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Usually, the number climbs every year, but Americans drover a lot less in 2008, wh