Coltura’s 2023 Gasoline Superusers report outlines a novel data-driven approach to cut vehicle emissions more quickly, efficiently, and equitably by prioritizing the biggest gasoline users (“Superusers”) for the switch to EVs.
Based on millions of California vehicle records and other data sets, this report illuminates for the first time the geographic, demographic, financial, and vehicular details of consumer gasoline use down to the zip code level.
“Coltura’s research demonstrates the need to free 3 million Californians from their heavy reliance on expensive, polluting gasoline. That’s why we support Assemblymember Ting’s AB 1267, which would target electric-vehicle incentives to those who most need them — low and moderate-income drivers who use the most gasoline.”
–Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
“This report demonstrates that for an equitable transition to EVs we must prioritize the highest gasoline users. Among Latino/es, who earn less and face longer commutes than other Californians, and are more likely to directly face health impacts from vehicle pollution, incentivizing a transition away from gasoline is especially urgent.”
–Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, Sustainable Communities Program Director, Green Latinos
“Coltura’s report shows that rural ‘super users’ are a crucial segment for reducing gasoline-related carbon emissions. Data-rich analyses like this can help us develop strategies for transitioning rural drivers to electric vehicles to reduce their gasoline burden and maximize the climate benefits of EV adoption. The Rural Climate Partnership encourages policymakers to prioritize investments and outreach to reach this critical segment of high-mileage drivers.”
–Josh Ewing, Director, Rural Climate Partnership
“Coltura’s updated analysis highlights the financial burdens faced by those who drive the most, especially in small-town America. Educating individuals about how electric vehicles help save on costs over time and significantly reduce tailpipe emissions is key to ensuring the benefits of electric vehicles are accessible to all Americans.”
–Stuart Gardner, Program Director, Generation 180
“Current EV subsidy is disproportionately benefiting wealthier households. They are not maximizing climate benefits. Or cutting air pollution. Or energy security. Or fairness. Or normalizing EV use. We can, and should, do better. The superuser approach can help us avoid the most emissions; while helping the most gasoline-burdened drivers transition to EVs.”
–Kristin Eberhard, Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center
Our first report, “Gasoline Superusers 1.0,” published in 2021, provided the first in-depth look at the data available on drivers in the top 10% of gasoline consumption, so-called “gasoline superusers.” It analyzed EV incentives and other policy options for transitioning superusers to EVs and presents a model for achieving significant cuts in gasoline consumption by 2030. The report has been covered by Bloomberg, the Niskanen Center and JP Morgan, among others.