Environment
Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2017


Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2017

What does this measure?

The percentage of vehicles registered in a geographic area by fuel type, including gasoline, diesel, and other types of fuel. The latter category can include vehicles that run on electric, hybrid, flex fuel, and natural gas, among other fuel sources.

Why is this important?

Fuel type plays a major part in determining a vehicle's environmental impact. The percentage of registered vehicles that use fuels other than gasoline or diesel is a measure of drivers' adoption of vehicles with alternative fuels, which can produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and contaminants that cause air pollution.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 97% of the vehicles registered in Erie County used gasoline as fuel (186,809 vehicles), while 2% used diesel (4,703 vehicles) and 1% used other sources (1,245 vehicles). The percentage of gasoline-fueled vehicles was similar at the state level, though a slightly larger share of vehicles used diesel (3%) and a similar share used other fuels (0.6%). These percentages have not changed much at either the county or state level since 2014.

While vehicles that use sources other than gasoline remain a small percentage of all vehicles, those that rely on diesel and other fuel types have increased in number since 2014. In 2017, there were 1,245 vehicles that used other types of fuel registered in Erie County, a 37% increase from 912 in 2014. The county also had a 6% increase in diesel vehicle registrations during this period. Vehicles that use other fuel types increase 47% at the state level, while diesel vehicles were up 12%.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2017, Luzerne County, PA had slightly more diesel vehicle registrations (3%) and slightly fewer for vehicles that use other fuel types (0.4%) than Erie County.

Notes about the data

Comparable data for the nation and counties outside Pennsylvania were unavailable.

Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2017
DieselGasolineOther Fuel
Pennsylvania2.9%96.5%0.6%
Erie County, PA2.4%96.9%0.6%
Luzerne County, PA2.9%96.7%0.4%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Notes: Share of vehicle of certain fuel types among all registered vehicles




Number of Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2017
DieselGasolineOther Fuel
Pennsylvania310,53010,192,35160,631
Erie County, PA4,703186,8091,245
Luzerne County, PA7,207241,138989

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Notes: Number of vehicle registrations




Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2014
DieselGasolineOther Fuel
Pennsylvania2.8%96.8%0.4%
Erie County, PA2.2%97.3%0.5%
Luzerne County, PA2.7%97.0%0.3%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Notes: Share of vehicle of certain fuel types among all registered vehicles




Number of Vehicles by Fuel Type, 2014
DieselGasolineOther Fuel
Pennsylvania276,1719,680,17741,118
Erie County, PA4,452193,872912
Luzerne County, PA6,943246,860720

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Notes: Number of vehicle registrations




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing