Supply Chains

Canada has the worst fuel economy in the world. Here's why

An Esso gas pump displays the price of fuel at 91.9 cents CAD ($0.72) per litre in Richmond Hill, Ontario, January 30, 2015. Canada's No. 2 integrated oil producer and refiner Imperial Oil Ltd said on Wednesday it is considering selling 475 company-owned Esso gas stations. The rest of the company's 1700 Esso-branded retail fuel sites in Canada are already owned and operated by third parties, in what the company describes as the "branded wholesaler model".   REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS COMMODITIES TRANSPORT) - GM1EB1V0C3H01

Land of gas guzzlers. Image: REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Blake Shaffer
PhD, University of Calgary
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An international comparison of vehicle emissions. Image: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer
Average fuel consumption for Canadian vehicles, 2005-2017. Image: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer
New vehicles sales in Canada shows a big shift towards trucks. Image: Statistics Canada. Chart by Blake ShafferIs bigger better?
An international comparison of vehicle weight. Image: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer
Plug-in electric vehicle share of new car sales (2018) Image:; ACEA, CAAM, InsideEVs, KAIDA
An international comparison of gasoline prices and average vehicle fuel consumption. Image: IEA and World Bank; Chart by Blake Shaffer
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