Which Is Cheaper? Driving 100 Miles On Electricity Or Gas?
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have been closely monitoring the plug-in electric car scene in Georgia. Reason being is that Georgia is the U.S.’ hottest plug-in electric car market today, but there’s lot of political talk in the state right now, most of which centers around reducing or eliminating the state’s $5,000 EV credit.
Ignoring all that, this UCS infographic is rather nifty. It quickly shows us just how cheap an electric car is to “fuel” for 100 miles of driving. Well, way cheaper than gas at least.
“These advanced vehicles bring substantial economic benefits to Georgia. Driving the average new gasoline vehicle 100 miles cost Georgia’s drivers around $13.57 in 2014. Driving the same distance on electricity cost an average of $3.53 in the state, and as little as $0.40 if the EV was charged on the lowest-cost nighttime electricity. These fuel-savings can translate to spending in other sectors, creating more jobs—and benefiting local economies—far more than if the money were spent on gasoline alone.”
“These figures assume a 24.2 miles per gallon (mpg) gasoline vehicle—the projected average mpg for 2014 model year cars as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency—and an electric car with an efficiency of 0.30 kilowatt-hours per mile, such as a 2014 Nissan Leaf. Fuel prices are 2014 averages for Lower Atlantic-region gasoline and residential electricity in Georgia, as reported by the Energy Information Administration.”
UCS is pushing for the extension of Georgia’s EV tax credit, as are we. UCS concludes:
“Electric cars are also helping reduce Georgia’s oil use, benefiting Georgia’s climate. An average battery-electric vehicle in Georgia is linked to fewer global warming emissions than a gasoline-powered vehicle that gets 47 mpg. In 2014 alone, EVs saved Georgia from burning 4.5 million gallons of gasoline and emitting more than 22,000 tons of harmful climate change emissions.”
“Extending Georgia’s EV tax credits—and further increasing support for electric vehicles in the state—would help cement Georgia’s position as an EV leader. Download the fact sheet for more information, or read more about our plan to Half the Oil.”
Hat tip to Anne Blair!!!