Comparison of Effective Gasoline Price to Electricity Price for Electric Cars in U.S.

L. David Roper

This article compares the effective price of "fuel" for regular-gasoline (gallons of gasoline) cars and electric (kWh of electricity) cars. The assumption is made that gasoline cars are ~25% efficient in converting regular gasoline in the car's tank to motive energy and electric cars are ~90% efficient in converting electric energy in the car's battery to motive energy. An efficiency ratio is defined as eff. = 90/25 = 3.6 .

The data for average yearly prices of regular-gasoline prices and electricity rates are calculated from monthly data given in . The energy (kWh) in a gallon of gasoline is taken as 36.6 kWh/gallon.

The next two graphs compare the two fuel types for cars in $/gallon and in $/kWh:

The ratio of regular-gasoline effective price to electricity effective price for electric cars is:

The trend for the last decade is that fuel for gasoline cars is rising much more rapidly than fuel for electric cars.

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