The transition to electric vehicles has saved 3.6 billion litres of fuel in the US, with a third of that saved in 2018 alone, new figures from the US Department of Energy have shown.

With more than 1.2 million light plug-in (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) now sold in the US alone, amounting to 25 billion miles (40 billion kilometres) driven by PHEVs and BEVs since 2010, fuel consumption by light vehicles has been reduced by 0.23 per cent, the report says.

Instead, 2.8 terawatt-hours of electricity were used by PHEVs and BEVs to drive 8.6 billion miles (13.8 billion km) in 2018, with 42 gigawatt-hours of li-ion batteries installed in electric vehicles sold in the US in total.


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Electric vehicles have saved 3.6 billion litres of fuel in the US