Hoping to promote sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, the U.S.
Department of Energy has created a website that computes the cost of electricity
to go the same distance as a comparable car on 1 gallon of gasoline.
At Energy.gov/eGallon, the DOE provides a discussion of electricity vs. petroleum as vehicle fuel and a calculator that compares fuel costs for electric vehicles and similar gasoline models by nationwide average or in a single state.
As of Wednesday, it showed essentially no price difference in Hawaii: $3.74 for a gallon of gas, $3.69 for the equivalent in electricity. But in Illinois, gasoline was $3.84 a gallon, and electricity was 99 cents.
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