Gas-Powered Vehicles To Dominate Roads in 2040, Feds Say


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    2013 Nissan Leaf Picture

    Buyers of electric vehicles such as the 2013 Nissan Leaf will still be in the minority in 2040, according to a new report by the federal government. | December 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Gas-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the roads in 2040, according to a new report by the federal government.
  • Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will take a backseat to gas-powered vehicles, accounting for just 1 percent of total sales in 2040, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2014.
  • The fuel efficiency of vehicles will rise from 21.5 mpg in 2012 to 37.2 mpg in 2040, according to the report by the U.S. Energy Department.

WASHINGTON — Gas-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the roads in 2040, according to a new report by the federal government.

Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will take a backseat to gas-powered vehicles, accounting for just 1 percent of total sales in 2040, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2014. The number of diesel vehicles will double to 4 percent from 2 percent in 2012.

In 2040, 78 percent of all cars and trucks will run on gasoline, compared to 82 percent in 2012.

The fuel efficiency of vehicles will rise from 21.5 mpg in 2012 to 37.2 mpg in 2040, according to the report published by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

Micro-hybrids and advanced technology fuel efficiency subsystems will be found on 42 percent of all vehicles by 2040.

The federal government anticipates that unleaded gasoline will cost $3.90 a gallon in 2040. The cost of diesel fuel will rise to $4.73 a gallon by 2040. The numbers are adjusted for inflation.

Edmunds says: When you go car shopping in 2040, you're likely to buy something that is similar to what you're driving today.

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