Saturday, 7 March 2009
Number of the Day: More Than Half of All Vehicles' Trips to Work in US are 11 Miles or Less
TreeHugger.com by Michael Graham Richard, Gatineau, Canada on March 5
11 Miles -- According to the 2001 US Nationwide Household Travel Survey (NHTS), 58% of all vehicle trips to work are less than 11 miles (17.7 kilometers).
37% -- Vehicle trips to work that are 5 miles (8 kilometers) and less represent 37%, according to the same survey.
21% -- Trips between 6 and 10 miles (9.6 to 16 kilometers) represent 21%.
10% -- Only 10% of vehicle trips to work are equal or more than 31 miles (50 kilometers). This is very promising since plug-in hybrids that are coming to market over the next few years, such as the GM Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma, usually have an all-electric driving range of around 40-50 miles (65-80 kilometers). This would mean that most people could commute in these cars without burning fossil fuels (though the source of the electricity would need to be clean for the trips to really be green).