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Better Life | Kentucky’s cheaper drive is via electric cars | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Fueling an electric vehicle costs less than one fourth the price of putting gas in the tank in Kentucky. In Indiana, electric car driving costs 27 percent of the price of standard unleaded gasoline.

While electric vehicle ownership remains extremely rare, spreading awareness that electric car driving is vastly cheaper is the goal of a new U.S. Dept. of Energy website called eGallon.

“The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station,” the website said, adding its state-by-state calculator “allows electric vehicle drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.”

In Kentucky, for example, the federal government says the average cost of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.84 per gallon. The average 2012 model year traditional car drives 28.2 miles per gallon. To travel that far in an EV costs .92 worth of electricity in the commonwealth, the website added.

Electricity in Indiana costs more, 1.04 to charge an EV to drive the same distance, the website added.

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Better Life | Kentucky’s cheaper drive is via electric cars | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Fueling an electric vehicle costs less than one fourth the price of putting gas in the tank in Kentucky. In Indiana, electric car driving costs 27 percent of the price of standard unleaded gasoline.

While electric vehicle ownership remains extremely rare, spreading awareness that electric car driving is vastly cheaper is the goal of a new U.S. Dept. of Energy website called eGallon.

“The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station,” the website said, adding its state-by-state calculator “allows electric vehicle drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.”

In Kentucky, for example, the federal government says the average cost of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.84 per gallon. The average 2012 model year traditional car drives 28.2 miles per gallon. To travel that far in an EV costs .92 worth of electricity in the commonwealth, the website added.

Electricity in Indiana costs more, 1.04 to charge an EV to drive the same distance, the website added.

While they cost so much less to run, electric vehicles have yet to gain significant traction in the North American vehicle market. Plug-in electric vehicle sales reached 50,000 in 2012, according to the federal government press release for eGallon. That is one less than one percent of the 14.5 million vehicles sold by automakers in the U.S. last year. President Barack Obama has a goal of 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015.

Before you switch powertrains, consider that electric vehicles still have a limited driving distance before recharging, and stations where you can plug in remain scarce.

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