The transportation sector consists of private and public vehicles that move people and commodities. Included are automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, railroads, aircraft, ships, barges, and natural gas pipelines. Natural gas use reflects the fuel needed to move natural gas through a pipeline to end users in the residential, commercial, industrial, and electric power sectors. Since 1990, natural gas consumption also includes natural gas consumed as vehicle fuel.
Total transportation sector expenditures on energy decreased 24.48 percent to $3,249.6 million ($3.2 billion) from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, the transportation sector spent $1,634.7 million ($1.6 billion) for motor gasoline, $1,482.5 million ($1.5 billion) for diesel fuel, $44.0 million for jet fuel, $82.0 million for lubricants, $4.0 million for aviation gasoline, $2.2 million for natural gas, and $0.2 million for propane. In 2020, if there were any expenditures on coal, electricity, or residual fuel in the transportation sector, the amounts were so small that the numbers rounded to zero in this table. The expenditures on ethanol were not tracked.
Motor gasoline (50 percent) and diesel fuel (46 percent) expenditures comprised almost all of the money spent in the transportation sector on energy in 2020. Expenditures on lubricants were 2.5 percent and jet fuel were 1.4 percent of the total and, while each of the other fuels' expenditures was less than 1 percent.
The expenditures are in nominal dollars to provide a better comparison.