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The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles

The U.S. government just introduced a new section to its website that allows consumers to compare the payback of certain hybrids and their traditional gasoline counterpart.

The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles. Consumers simply choose a hybrid model and move the sliders appropriately to see the payback period and fuel savings for that particular vehicle. The calculations are based on fuel prices, city-highway driving percentage and annual miles.

"Based on MSRP and fuel costs alone, hybrid vehicles can save you money versus a comparably equipped conventional vehicle," said

Some of the vehicles available on are the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Toyota Prius C One, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

An example of the information that the website offers is a comparison of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the gasoline-powered 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE. According to, the hybrid Sonata costs $2,655 more than the conventional version and takes about 5.1 years to pay back.

The government is certainly looking to push consumers toward more fuel efficient vehicles, especially with the White House's recent proposed 54.5 MPG CAFE requirement for 2017-2025 model year vehicles. This standard would save customers $6,600 at the gas pump for the lifetime of a 2025 vehicle.


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RE: Great
By Mint on 5/22/2012 10:58:48 AM , Rating: 2
Regulation has little to do with it. It's mostly the nature of the market:

2-10 cents of tax difference is meaningless compared to price swings. If any significant part of the US tried switching to diesel, the price would jump to force the worldwide diesel:gasoline consumption ratio back again.

Until we're sure that we'll figure out how to make biodiesel economically, increased diesel use in the US is a bad idea.

RE: Great
By Keeir on 5/22/2012 2:36:40 PM , Rating: 3
Until we're sure that we'll figure out how to make biodiesel economically, increased diesel use in the US is a bad idea.


When you refine a gallon of oil, you get amounts of Diesel, Gasoline, Jet Fuel, and "Others". There is an ideal mix where your going to get the most "miles" per gallon of oil.

The US doesn't use this mix, because the transportation market favours gasoline extensively. Even with our refinaries tilted to standard gasoline production, the US still exports Diesel Fuel.

Europe on the other hand, consumes far more Diesel and too little gasoline for the correct mix.

If we want to get the most per barrel of oil, the US market should embrace Diesel and the European Market should embrace Gasoline in terms of increasing the percentage of fuel used. The US probably has the right idea in taxing per energy content. And Europe probably has tax rates that are more in line with the true road maintainence + enviromental effects of buring fossil fuels.

An ideal cost/resource transporation mix would include EVs, PHEVs, Hybrids, Diesel and Gasoline cars/trucks. Diesels have their place, especially in middle to high mileage 50 mph+ cases.

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