Plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. are displacing more and more gasoline consumption.

According to the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, in the 2017, some 216 million gallons of gasoline were displaced by plug-ins, which is 39% more than one year earlier.

All-electric cars recently started to play a bigger role than plug-in hybrids, as some 60% of displaced consumption fell on BEVs in 2017.

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Here is the comparison:

  • 2017 – 216 million gallons of gasoline (up 39%)
  • 2016 – 155 million gallons of gasoline (up 42%)
  • 2015 – 109 million gallons of gasoline (up 56%)
  • 2014 – 70 million gallons of gasoline (up 94%)
  • 2013 – 36 million gallons of gasoline (up 200%)
  • 2012 – 12 million gallons of gasoline (up 300%)
  • 2011 – 3 million gallons of gasoline

Gasoline Displacement by Plug-in Electric Vehicles, 2010-2017 (Source:

Gasoline Displacement by Plug-in Electric Vehicles, 2010-2017 (Source:

“When gasoline consumption of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is compared with similar sized plug-in vehicles operating on electricity, plug-in vehicles on the road displaced 216 million gallons of gasoline in 2017. Gasoline displacement from plug-in vehicles is about 39% more than it was in 2016 and about twice as much as 2015. The gasoline displacement from BEVs versus PHEVs was split almost evenly in 2012 and 2013 but BEVs accounted for 60% of the gasoline displacement by 2017.”

Note: Includes only light vehicles.

Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Impacts of Electrification of Light-Duty Vehicles in the United States, 2010-2017, ANL/ESD-18/1, January 2018.


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