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$1.32 a gallon? New stat gauges how plug-in hybrids save on fuel – m.JSOnline.com

Finding gasoline for less than $1.50 a gallon is impossible. But drivers of electric vehicles are able to do just that.

A new statistic unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Energy tracks the price paid by electric vehicle drivers to go the same distance a gallon of gas will travel, on average.

People who own electric vehicles may already know what they’re paying to fill up, but the agency introduced the new “eGallon” metric to help consumers who are thinking about buying electric vehicles.

Based on 2012 model year, the department’s analysis concluded that consumers are paying $1.14 a gallon nationally to drive 28.2 miles, the average distance traveled by comparable 2012 non-electric small and medium-size cars.

That $1.14 per eGallon compares with $3.65, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

The agency also released state-by-state estimates that are based on the average price of electricity in each state.

Since Wisconsin’s gas prices and electricity prices are above the national average, Badger State drivers should prepare to pay a little more: A gallon of regular unleaded is costing $4 right now, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

And an eGallon paid for electric vehicles is costing Wisconsinites $1.32, the DOE says.

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