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Infographic: Electric Vehicles -- Oil Savings in Action

Electric vehicles are a key component of a realistic plan to cut projected U.S. oil use in half in 20 years

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Electricity is cheaper than gasoline

  • To calculate an average fuel cost for electricity- and gasoline-powered vehicles, this infographic compares a 2013 Nissan Leaf charged at national average residential electricity rates and a gasoline-powered compact car with a fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon fueled with $3.65/gallon gasoline.
  • The exact fuel costs for an individual vehicle depend on several factors. For electric vehicles (EVs), these include the vehicle's efficiency and the cost of electricity. For gasoline-powered vehicles, these include the cost of gasoline and the vehicle's fuel economy.
  • Over the lifetime of an EV, these fuel-cost savings can more than offset the higher purchase price of an EV compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered car.

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles continue to accelerate

  • Plug-in electric vehicles — which include both battery-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt — continue to sell more each year.
  • More plug-in vehicles were sold during the first eight months of 2013 than were sold in all of 2012. By 2035, electricity could power more than 40 percent of all new vehicles.
  • The number of options also continues to increase as more EV models hit the showroom floor. Learn more in the EV Timeline.

Electric vehicles generate fewer global warming emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles

We can cut projected U.S. oil use in half in 20 years

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