Gas-powered vehicles will still be popular in future years

December 23, 2013 12:00 AM

In recent years, the popularity of hybrid, plug-in and diesel-powered vehicles has risen dramatically. Each of these types of automobiles offers a unique set of advantages for drivers, including lower ownership costs and improved fuel economy. However, it seems like these alternative choices still remain on the backburner for many motorists. 

A recent study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Agency predicted that gas-powered vehicles will still be dominant in the year 2040. Today, about 82 percent of the cars on the road are powered by gas, and that number is expected to fall to 78 percent in 2040. Additionally, the number of automobiles with advanced fuel technologies will likely rise, giving drivers more options when they need to get behind the wheel. 

At the same time, the report expects the fuel economy of these vehicles to jump significantly, rising from 21.5 mpg today to 37.2 mpg. This increased efficiency should make it easier for motorists to save money at the pump and in the garage, as a system that operates at a high level will likely offer savings on vehicle maintenance as well. There is a good chance that will be needed, as the number of miles driven by cars is expected to rise 30 percent by 2040, the report predicted. 

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