California's Electric Cars Fill Their 'Tanks' For Half Price | KCET
California's Electric Cars Fill Their 'Tanks' For Half Price
But now the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has made that comparison a little easier. It turns out that electric cars are about half as expensive to drive in California as gasoline-powered cars -- once you get the car paid for.
At the DoE's "eGallon" page, you can compare the price of a gallon of gas in your state with the cost of the electricity it would take an average electric car to drive you the same distance as the gallon of gas would get an average traditional car. The DoE explains:
As of Wednesday, June 12, according to the DoE, a gallon of gasoline costs an average $3.98 in California, while the equivalent "eGallon" of electrical power -- which would get a typical electric vehicle that 28.2 miles -- costs $1.51. That's just a few cents above half the cost to fuel a gasoline car.
California turns out to be a bit more expensive for electric cars relative to gasoline-powered ones. An Arizona eGallon costs about $1.07 at the moment, less than a third the price of a gallon of gas in that state (at $3.74 on Wednesday). Nevada's in about the same place, with an eGallon running at $1.17. Washington, the land of cheap hydroelectric power, has an eGallon running about 84 cents, less than one quarter the cost of gasoline there. Nationwide, eGallons average about one third the cost of their gasoline equivalents, according to the DoE.
And as the DoE points out, it's not just about the cheaper fuel, but about financial security:
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