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UC Davis launches website to compare driving costs of electric vehicles

A new, UC Davis-developed website enables car buyers to weigh the potential costs of operating a plug-in electric vehicle.

Tuesday’s launch of the “Electric Vehicle Explorer” site is a collaboration of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and the university’s Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center.

“EV Explorer helps answer the question: ‘Which car makes sense for me?’” said Michael Nicholas, lead researcher of the PH&EV Research Center, in a statement announcing the site launch.

EV Explorer can be accessed at

The site utilizes the U.S. Department of Energy fuel economy database. Consumers can enter multiple variables to determine operating costs, including geographic location, commuter miles and travel mileage between two specific locales. The web tool then shows the projected annual gasoline and electricity fuel costs of up to four different EV models.

Models range from all-electrics, such as the Nissan Leaf, to gas-electric hybrids such as the Toyota Prius. Operating costs also can be compared with the projected costs of driving conventional-fuel vehicles.