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Survey Looks At Electric Car Use In California

— 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.

Aired 8/21/12 on KPBS News.

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.

Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

Above: Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

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.

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Avatar for user 'mzerega'

mzerega | August 21, 2012 at 11:14 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

If you're wondering what $1/gallon equivalent really means, here's the answer: the cheapest electric rate in our region is roughly $0.14/kWh (on one of the special EV time-of-use rates) and the Nissan Leaf will go about 3.5 miles on each kWh if you drive conservatively...so.... ($1.00 / $0.14) = 7.1 kWh x 3.5 miles = 25 miles. So there you have it: $1.00 to drive 25 miles.

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m13ferry | August 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

To see the exact calculations that were used for this analysis as well as many others, the entire report can be downloaded from the California Center for Sustainable Energy website here:

http://energycenter.org/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/vehicle-owner-survey

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