U.S. Dept. of Energy debuts the 'eGallon'
For consumers wondering how much they'd save in gasoline costs by going electric, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has debuted a new online tool to help them find out.
The new tool, available here, allows consumers to see, state by state, the cost of gasoline versus electricity, as you can see in the image above.
To illustrate the point, the DOE coined the eGallon, which demonstrates "the cost of fueling a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline." The methodology is explained simply in the accompanying blog post, and is also available here.
The goal, the site says, was to make it as easy to see the cost of using electricity as fuel as it is to drive past a local gas station to see the price of gasoline.
A Q&A about the tool is available here: http://energy.gov/articles/egallon-what-it-and-why-it-s-important
Image: U.S. Department of Energy