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Feds unveil tool to compare gas vs. electric vehicle cost

Washington — Automakers and the Obama administration are still working to prod Americans to give electric vehicles a chance as efforts are made to improve the nation’s charging infrastructure and consumer perceptions.

At the Electric Drive Transportation Association annual conference here Tuesday, automakers touted efforts to improve If you were driving an electric vehicle today in the state of Pennsylvania, it would cost you $1.21 worth of electricity to travel the same distance as it would take the driver of a gasoline-fueled vehicle who would be paying $3.54.

The stats come from the Department of Energy, which on Tuesday unveiled eGallon, a website that offers consumers a way to compare the cost of fueling an electric vehicle versus a gasoline vehicle.

“Consumers can see gasoline prices posted at the corner gas station, but are left in the dark on the cost of fueling an electric vehicle. The eGallon will bring greater transparency to vehicle operating costs, and help drivers figure out how much they might save on fuel by choosing an electric vehicle. It also shows the low and steady price of fueling with electricity,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a written statement. “Not only can electric vehicles save consumers on fuel and reduce our dependence on oil, they also represent an opportunity for America to lead in a growing, global manufacturing industry.”
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