Summary of California Vehicle and Transportation Energy
Transportation accounts for a major portion of California's overall energy consumption and has a significant impact on air quality. It is also the single largest source of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1975, the California Energy Commission has promoted a secure, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound transportation energy infrastructure by ensuring that the supply, production, distribution, and price of petroleum fuels and other blending components are available to meet demand; and viable alternative, low-carbon, and renewable fuel options exist. The links below provide current data and information on the programs and projects administered at the Energy Commission.
Data, Facts, & Statistics
Vehicles (As of 10/1/2015)
- Total registered on-road vehicles in California: 29,830,797
- Total registered light-duty cars in California: 16,101,262
- Total registered light-duty trucks in California: 12,741,718
- Total registered medium and heavy-duty vehicles in California: 987,817
- Total registered motorcycles in California: 837,717
Source: Calif. Department of Motor Vehicles, and Energy Commission’s Transportation Energy Forecasting Unit, June 2016
Source: American Community Survey, and Energy Commission’s Transportation Energy Forecasting Unit, June 2016
Retail Fuel Stations in California
- Number of retail gasoline/service stations: Approximately 9,700
- Statewide average amount of fuel dispensed by each station per day: 4,400 gallons
- Make-up of the California retail fuel market:
- 10% of retailers are refiner-owned and operated (O & O).
- 46% are major leased dealers.
- 26% are branded independents.
- 18% are un-branded independents