Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show about energy costs per vehicle.
EV “ Electric Vehicle, this vehicle will only run on electricity. The Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Tesla Roadster, CODA, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and are all cars with just electricity.
PHEV “ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, this vehicle can be energized with electricity or gasoline and run. The Fisker Karma, Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and Chevy Volt can all run with a combination of electricity and gasoline.
Lets take an example using fueleconomy.gov numbers –
If your car gets 25 miles per gallon and you drive 50 miles back and forth to work it is going to cost you about $7.88 to go back and forth to work every day.
To drive an all-electric vehicle 50 miles it will cost you anywhere from $1.80 to $2.70. Well round it off to $2.
2012 PHEV energy cost, courtesy fuelconomy.gov
If you use a PHEV it becomes a little more complicated. The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid only gets 11 miles to the charge, so you will need to combine electricity and gasoline. The cost will be about $3.50 to go 50 miles.
The Chevy Volt gets 35 miles to the charge, so you will still need to combine electricity and gasoline. The cost will be about $3.20 to go 50 miles.
If your car gets 25 miles per gallon and you drive 100 miles back and forth to work it is going to cost you about $15.76 to go back and forth to work every day.
If you go 100 miles to work and back everyday you won’t be able to use an all-electric vehicle. According to fueleconomy.gov NONE of the electric vehicles get 100 miles on a charge.
Cost of Energy, courtesy fuelconomy.gov
That leaves only a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and a Chevy Volt. The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid would cost $7.30 for 100 miles, while the
Chevy Volt would cost $8.71.
The reason the Chevy Volt costs more than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) the longer it runs is because the Chevy Volt uses premium gasoline and gets 30 miles to the gallon, while the Toyota Prius plug-in gets 51 miles to the gasoline gallon and uses regular gasoline.
So, depending on the length of your commute every day, you have different options of vehicles for your needs and desires, even in the alternative energy arena.
And what about Natural gas as energy for transportation?