Electric Cars In CT Cost Half As Much Per Mile To Operate As Gas Powered Cars

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Growing the Grid - Nissan Looks Back at Developing Highways, FIt could pay to drive an electric car in Connecticut.

The cost of electricity to power an electric car in the state is less than half the price of gas, according to a new website created by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DOE uses the term eGallon which “tells consumers how much it costs to drive an [electric vehicle] the same distance you could go on a gallon of unleaded gasoline in a similar car.”

In Connecticut, the electric vehicle would cost $1.70 to cover the same distance as the average car would cover with a gallon of gas priced at $3.58, according to the DOE. The DOE uses energy prices from the U.S. Energy Information Administration for both the cost of electricity and fuel.

The Automobile Association of America says the average price for a gallon of gas in Connecticut was $3.79 on Tuesday. The AAA prices suggest an electric vehicle might be even more cost-effective in Connecticut.

Both fuel and electricity prices can vary in the state and the DOE cautions that it uses the average fuel economy, 28.2 miles per gallon, to determine the cost.

Drivers in Hawaii would see virtually no difference in operating costs with electricity costing $3.69 and gas costing $3.74. In North Dakota the difference is $3.85 per gallon and just $0.83 for electricity.

The pricing for electric cars has come down in recent months, with lease deals for as low as $199 per month for some models like the Nissan Leaf. Honda is leasing it’s Fit EV for $249 per month in some states including Connecticut.

For more on electrical car sales in Connecticut, read Brian Dowling’s story:

Electric Car Sales Accelerate Slowly In Connecticut

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