The U.S. Department of Energy has developed the “egallon“, a unique dollar driven miles per gallon equivalency measure for electric and hybrid cars that is put in place for each state. The calculation assumes a driver is operating a 2012 model vehicle and getting an average of 28 miles per gallon.
The egallon is going to vary depending on each state. For instance, in Massachusetts, electric vehicle (EVs) owners pay the equivalent egallon of $1.46 to go about 28 miles compared to gasoline powered car drivers paying $3.50 a gallon to travel the same distances according to the egallon measure. In Wyoming the egallon is $0.96 compared to gasoline at $3.73.
Another interesting part of the egallon calculation is the cost of a kilowatt within a state. After all, electric cars not free to drive, you have to charge them up! The cost per kilowatt does very by state. However, this works well because energy costs, kilowatt costs, are for the most part very stable within states and regions unlike gasoline prices. On average nationwide fueling a car with gasoline costs roughly 3 times more than fueling a car with electricity.
Tools such as the egallon arm consumers with additional knowledge about EVs and the benefits that come with them. As more and move EVs enter the mainstream consumer market it is a good bet that similar egallon calculations will be popping up on more federal and state government websites as well as on car manufacturer sites across the web.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison