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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Web Site Offers Gas Vs. Electric Fuel Comparison

Owners of gas-powered vehicles in Connecticut pay more than twice what electric car owners do for comparable amount of fuel, a new federal Energy Department web site estimates.

The federal agency's eGallon site estimates that a typical electric vehicle can travel as far on $1.70 worth of electricity. The web site had the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the state at $3.58 a gallon.

“The eGallon will bring greater transparency to vehicle operating costs, and help drivers figure out how much they might save on fuel by choosing an electric vehicle," U.S. ” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement Wednesday.   "It also shows the low and steady price of fueling with electricity. Not only can electric vehicles save consumers on fuel and reduce our dependence on oil, they also represent an opportunity for America to lead in a growing, global manufacturing industry.”

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. tripled in 2012, with more than 50,000 cars sold.  Sales are growing significantly again in 2013. 

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