WASHINGTON – Earlier this month the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data on the amount of alternative transportation fuels used in 2009. The toal amount used reached 431,107 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons. Compared to the 430,329 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons used in 2008, the amount consumed was only one-tenth of a percentage point higher in 2009 than in 2008.
Natural gas accounted for the largest share at 52 percent of all alternative fuels consumed. Propane accounted for 30 percent, and E85 accounted for 16 percent. Electricity, hydrogen, and other fuels accounted for the final 2 percent. Natural gas use increased in 2009 due to its use in transit buses, according to the EIA.
The EIA also estimates that the total inventory of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in fleets in 2009 was about 826,318, up about 7 percent from 2008. The organization also listed the top five states for alternative-fuel fleet vehicles:
- California (16% of all U.S. AFVs)
- Texas (11%)
- Arizona (5%)
- Florida (4%)
- North Carolina (4%)