U.S. Drivers Consumed 71.8 Billion Gallons of Gasoline in First Half of 2016
WASHINGTON – American vehicles consumed 71.8 billion gallons of gasoline in the first half of 2016, an increase of 3 percent over the same period a year earlier. It is the highest amount on record and the sixth consecutive increase in national gasoline consumption for the first six months of any year on record.
The data, reported in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) “Monthly Motor Fuel Reported By States,” show the South Gulf – a region of eight states stretching from Texas to West Virginia – had a 4.1 percent increase, the largest percentage increase of any region in the country.
California led the nation in gasoline consumption with 7.65 billion gallons, followed by Texas at 7.1 billion gallons and Florida at 4.57 billion gallons.