eGallon from US Department of Energy
Philip Proefrock at EcoGeek tipped me off today that The United States Department of Energy (USDOE) has introduced a new web tool to help consumers compare the cost to drive an electric vehicle (or hybrid in electric mode) versus a conventional gasoline vehicle.
This is great news. Because, for most of us, purchasing an EV is not just about saving the environment by having cleaner transportation options, but also about saving money on the cost of transportation. And, it was not that easy to compare the cost of electricity to charge EVs to the fuel costs at the pump and understand which was the better deal.
According to the USDOE egallon methodology, if one took the average price paid for electricity in the USA and applied the eGallon approach, it costs about $1.22 to drive an EV the same distance that a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) can travel on a gallon of gasoline.
The eGallon web site states:
EVs sound sweet indeed!
Here's to putting the power generation into the hands of the people. The more solar PV and wind turbines we install to charge our EVs at home, the better.
Check out eGallon at the USDOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy News
From July 12th to Aug 12th, I will be driving a Prius Plug-In Hybrid as part of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge. Toyota has partnered with seven prolific environmental influencers (myself included) from the tri-state area for Wave Two of the 2013 Prius Plug-In MPG Challenge – a fun competition to help educate local communities on the benefits of electric vehicles. The winner of the challenge will receive a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice.
(Check out #Pluginforcharity on Facebook and Twitter.)
The charity I am competing for is New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
I would like to thank Earth Day NY for facilitating my participation in the Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge in NYC. Check out Earth Day NY on Facebook.
And, a big shout out to Element, Times Square West for providing hotel accommodations while I am in NYC for the challenge.