The EIA publishes data on E85-capable vehicles

By Erin Voegele | April 10, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published updated data on alternative fuels and vehicles through 2011. The analysis addresses several alternative transportation fuels, including E85, hydrogen, electricity, natural gas and propane.

According to the EIA, overall consumption of these alternative fuels increased 13 percent from 2010 to 2011, with E85 consumption increasing 52 percent over the same time period. A total of 515.62 million gasoline-equivalent gallons (geg) of alternative transportation fuels were consumed in 2011. E85 blends of ethanol accounted for nearly 137.17 geg of that amount, trailing only natural gas in volume. Natural gas, propane, electricity and hydrogen accounted for a respective 246.49 million geg, 124.46 million geg, 7.64 million geg and 174,000 geg.

The analysis points out that consumption of E10 remained flat between 2010 and 2011 due to the blend wall. This phenomena shifted more ethanol into the E85 sector in 2011.

More E85-capable vehicles were available in 2011 than any other alternatively fueled vehicle. The EIA estimates nearly 2.12 E-85-capable vehicles were available in 2011. Gasoline-electric hybrids represented the next largest category, with 260,716 vehicles. In addition, there were 5,674 compressed natural gas vehicles, 1,330 diesel-electric hybrids, 1,054 liquefied petroleum gas vehicles, 137 liquefied natural gas vehicles and 107 hydrogen vehicles.

Data published by the EIA estimates that nearly 2.47 million E-85 capable on-road vehicles were made available in 2012. This includes 623,191 automobiles, 363,115 vans and minivans and 717,765 light-duty trucks and SUVs. Data on E85-capable pickup trucks and buses was withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data.  The vehicle data was sourced from the EIA’s annual survey of alternative fueled vehicles.

Interactive data sets published by the EIA also give members of the public the opportunity to review user and fuel data based on year, fuel type, state, vehicle weight class, vehicle type, engine configuration and user group. A similar data set is available for supplier data, including options for year, fuel type, weight call, vehicle type and engine configuration.

The full data set can be accessed on the EIA website