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Some Rather Pleasant Electric Vehicle News

Ever wonder how fueling a gasoline car compares in cost to fueling a plug-in electric car? At the recent annual Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference in Washington, D.C., the Department of Energy’s David Danielson announced a handy new web tool called eGallon that allows you to do just that. The site shows that on average in the U.S., it costs $3.65 per gallon in gasoline to fuel a car and the equivalent of only $1.14 per gallon to fuel a car with electricity.

The most interesting part of this tool is that you can search by all 50 states and D.C. to see how this differs throughout the country (check out your home state). In Illinois, for example, it costs an average of $3.84 per gallon with gasoline and $.99 per gallon equivalent in electricity to fuel a car. Danielson said DOE will update these numbers each month to reflect current gasoline and electricity prices in each state.
image via Sierra Club

image via Sierra Club

The fueling cost differential adds to the growing case being made for just how cost competitive are plug-in vehicles these days, as many manufacturers have recently announced new lower pricing options, especially for leasing EVs.

Another pleasant surprise at the EDTA conference for me was learning about Indianapolis and Paris. One of the conference’s most powerful speakers was Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “The U.S. transportation sector and our quality of life are dependent on foreign oil,” said Ballard, who is a Republican. “But electric drive offers us the opportunity to break that hold.”


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