Average Vehicle Trip Length by Purpose

Other Work-related business Visit friends/relatives To/from work School/Daycare/Church Average of All trips Medical services Social/recreational Shopping Family/personal business
Trip Length (miles) 16 15.2 14.6 12 9.9 9.6 9.5 8.8 7 6.6
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. National Household Travel Survey and Transportation Energy Data Book Edition 37 Table 8.8. Accessed 2-12-2019.
This chart shows average trip length in the U.S. by trip type, and distribution of trips by type. This information can help gauge the range required when sizing batteries for an electric vehicle. It can also be helpful in the selection of locations for charging stations. See also: Share of All Vehicle Trips by Length.

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