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Gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States- statistics & facts

Internal combustion engines (ICE) have been around for centuries, but not until the past two hundred years have they become so pervasive in modern society. This type of engine has served as the primary method to power various types of vehicles, especially the passenger vehicle. With the advent of the Model T in 1908, Ford Motor Company helped popularize car use through the mass production of automobiles. With the sudden availability, affordability, and increased safety of cars, the American consumer began a love affair that continues to this day.

Relationship between consumers and cars

The new love affair between consumers and cars meant that fuel supplies would need to significantly increase to match the growing demand to hit the road. Gasoline station industry output continued to swell throughout the 21st century, with a slight dip following the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Environmental awareness

Environmental concerns are beginning to disrupt the monopoly held over the industry by gasoline-powered vehicles. Fuel ethanol or "biofuel" production has skyrocketed from 175 million gallons produced in 1980 to an estimated 15.8 billion gallons produced in 2017. Alternative fuels provide options for consumers to drive vehicles that emit significantly decreased levels of air pollution. Electric vehicles employ the use of electric motors, which allow for consumers to drive without concerns over emitting dangerous air pollutants. However, these type of vehicles still present concerns over efficiency, battery range and safety. Gasoline-powered vehicles are losing their stronghold over the automobile industry, but the jury is still out over when alternative fuel options will overtake the beloved vehicles that pushed Americans to hit the road.

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Gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States

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