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EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US

EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US

Plug-in vehicles, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are cutting US gasoline use by 45 million gallons a year, which means Americans are already saving $100 million a year in refueling costs thanks to EVs. Now, imagine how those savings might look if startups like Aptera , Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive had created hits instead of flops. Those numbers come from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which calculates that there are almost 200,000 plug-in vehicles on US roads, with all but about 30,000 bought within the past three years. Unsurprisingly, Californians are the most enthusiastic buyers, accounting for 46 percent of new plug-in vehicle sales. That means Golden State residents, who doubled their plug-in vehicle purchases last year, are spending $40 million less on fuel than they'd otherwise spend. Of course, plug-ins tend to cost more to purchase t...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/27/evs-plug-ins-saving-...

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