Survey Looks At Electric Car Use In California
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO The days of paying a dollar-a-gallon for gas are long gone. But a new survey out says that’s what some San Diego drivers are paying.
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The days of paying a dollar-a-gallon for gas are long gone. But a new study out says that’s what some San Diego drivers are paying.
OK, to be fair, these San Diego drivers aren’t paying a dollar-a-gallon for gas. Rather they’re paying the equivalent to charge up their electric cars. A study from the California Center for Sustainable Energy looked at how people are using the more than 12,000 electric cars in the state.
It found about two-thirds of the cars are charged during off-peak hours, between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Also, the cars save about 350,000 gallons of petroleum every month.
Electric car owners are more likely to have home solar energy systems. A majority use their electric cars as their primary vehicles and drive more than 800 miles a month on an electric charge.