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    FOTW# 1179: All-Electric Vehicles Have the Lowest Estimated Annual Fuel Cost of All Light-Duty Vehicles

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2021 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the available vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $850 per year. The annual fuel costs for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, which can fuel with gasoline and electricity, are the next lowest, and are heavily influenced by the vehicle’s electric range. Hybrid electric vehicles* generally use their technology for maximizing fuel economy. Some models use their hybrid systems to boost performance rather than to increase fuel economy so not all hybrid vehicles have low fuel costs. Conventional gasoline vehicles for MY 2021 have estimated annual fuel costs ranging from $1,050 to $4,900—the widest range, with the most vehicle models available.

    * Hybrid electric vehicles are refueled only with gasoline but a have larger capacity battery than a conventional gasoline vehicle.

    Notes: All annual vehicle fuel costs are rounded to the nearest $50. Annual fuel cost estimates are based on combined city/highway fuel economy, 15,000 annual miles, and the following fuel prices: $2.39 regular gasoline; $3.03 premium gasoline; $2.72 diesel; and $0.13 per kilowatt-hour electricity.

    Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy Data, accessed January 29, 2021. 

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    FOTW# 1174: Over 20,000 New Electric Vehicle Charging Outlets Were Installed in the United States in 2019

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    In 2009, there were 245 new electric vehicle (EV) charging outlets installed nationwide, but by 2019 that number had risen to more than 20,000 new installations. From 2017 to 2019, about 5,000 new charging outlets were installed each year. The majority of new charging outlets are Level 2, but the number of DC Fast Charging outlets has been expanding, which helps reduce refueling times. In 2019, there were 4,482 DC Fast Charging outlets installed, representing just over 20% of all new installations. Cumulatively, by 2019 there were more than 78,000 charging outlets at about 26,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

    Note: Includes public and private EV charging outlets.

    Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    Trends from the Alternative Fueling Station Locator: Second Quarter 2020
    , October 2020.

    Fact #1174 Dataset

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