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New web tool called eGallon hopes to spur interest in electric vehicles

The majority of car buyers around the country are staying away from electric vehicles. Many shoppers like the idea of not having to purchase gasoline and reducing pollution, but all modern electric vehicles have significant issues that are too major for the vast majority of shoppers to overcome. The main problems with the electric vehicles currently on the market include cost, short driving ranges, and long charging times among others.

Many areas in the United States also have little or no electric vehicle-charging infrastructure. The annual Electric Drive Transportation Association annual conference was held in Detroit this week and automakers used the conference to talk up their effort to improve charging times. During the conference, the U.S. Department of Energy also launched a new interactive tool on the internet to help illustrate cost savings between gas and electric vehicles.

The tool is called eGallon and makes it easier for consumers to compare the costs of driving each type vehicle. The web tool currently says that costs owners of electric vehicles pay about $1.14 in electricity to drive as far as 1 gallon of gasoline, which costs approximately $3.84 a gallon.

“Consumers can see gasoline prices posted at the corner gas station, but are left in the dark on the cost of fueling an electric vehicle. 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. It also shows the low and steady price of fueling with electricity,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “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.”

GM and BMW also announced during the conference that they have reached the milestone on the path to adopting a new automotive industry standard for DC fast charging. The two companies are working on a joint venture for fast charging systems that will work for both the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle. The system is being tested and could charge electric vehicles up to 80% of total capacity in only 20 min.

Source: Detroit News

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By mchentz on 6/12/2013 10:31:13 AM , Rating: 2
I am in the market to buy a car within the next year and the biggest reason I will stay away from electric vehicles is Charge time. A lot of days I will only put 50 miles on a car but probably 1 or 2 days a week I end up putting 200 miles and almost no electric cars can handle that and I can't afford to wait while a car charges.

RE: Charge
By FITCamaro on 6/12/2013 12:44:30 PM , Rating: 2
Take a look at the 2013 2.5L Altima S. I've had one for a rental for the last few weeks while my Cruze has been getting fixed. Good size, comfy, good features. Averaging 33 mpg around town and got 36-38 on a trip from Charleston, SC to Cleveland, OH and back this past weekend.

RE: Charge
By karimtemple on 6/12/2013 2:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
Bad timing. EV might be able to meet your demands in 2 to 3 years. =\

RE: Charge
By foxalopex on 6/12/2013 4:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
Actually a Chevy Volt can handle that sort of range. It's battery powered for the first 40 miles and then switches over to gas. Granted it is an expensive car for all that it can do. Still I'd recommend giving one a test drive. I know for most volt owners that's how it won over their cash. Otherwise a Prius is a good option too.

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