Driving could be costing you just $1.14 per gallon in Illinois. All you need is an electric car. The U.S. Department of Energy has developed a new “e-Gallon” price to directly compare the costs of charging an electric vehicle against driving on gasoline in every state. Patrick Davis, director of vehicle technologies at the DOE, says that give consumers a clear picture of how much they could save on fuel.
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“We calculate how much energy the most popular electric vehicles would require to travel the same distance as similar models of gasoline-fueled vehicles,” Davis said. Illinois’s current e-Gallon price of $1.14 is below the national average of $1.22. The national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.55; in Illinois it’s $3.66.