The US DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy released an interesting comparison of fuel price fluctuations.

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

And as it turns out, electricity pricing is pretty stable, although the chart does reveal some periodic changes in winter vs. summer.

On the other hand, gasoline prices could change by upwards of 100% in relatively short period - which could be really good, or really not-so-good for consumers after a new ICE (internal combustion engine) purchase.

"Retail prices for most transportation fuels have been highly volatile over the past 16 years. The prices are displayed in gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGE) which equate the energy content of any motor fuel to that of a gallon of gasoline. The prices are collected in gallons (except for CNG and electricity) and are converted to GGE. In this figure, the prices were also adjusted for inflation to 2016 dollars.

Since 2000, gasoline, diesel, propane, ethanol (E85), and biodiesel (B20) have all experienced significant fluctuations. Electricity prices show cyclical price variations from the summer months to the winter months. Over the 16-year period, electricity ranged from a low of $3.47 per GGE to a high of $4.51 per GGE, a $1.04 difference. In contrast, gasoline prices ranged from a low of $1.46 per GGE to a high of $4.36 per GGE, a $2.90 difference. Although CNG experienced larger price fluctuations between 2005 and 2009, the price was generally more stable from 2009-on."

Notes: CNG = compressed natural gas. E85 = 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. B20 = 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

Prices were adjusted for inflation using the quarterly Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator.


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